The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hail, Thou Long Expected Jesus

For Advent

Compare: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord, 1744 alt.

Music: G. P. Root

Source: John Clark Hollister, ed., The Sunday-School Service and Tune Book (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1863, 1865), #1, p. 15.

1. Hail, thou long-expected Jesus,
    Born to set Thy people free!
From our sins and fears release us,
    Let us find our rest in Thee.

2. Israel's strength and consolation,
    Hope of all the saints, Thou art;
Long desired of every nation,
    Joy of every waiting heart.

3. Born Thy people to deliver,
    Born a child, yet God our King,
Born to reign in us for ever,
    Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.

4. By Thine own eternal Spirit
    Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all-sufficient merit
    Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

Sheet Music by G. P. Root from John Clark Hollister, ed., The Sunday-School Service and Tune Book (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1863, 1865), #1, p. 15.

Editor's Note:

Instrumental sheet music to this and 12 other carols may be downloaded from Sally DeFord Music, http://www.defordmusic.com/carolsforpiano.htm (site accessed September 30, 2006). An MP3 of this arrangement is also available at that page.

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