Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

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"Come Thou Long Expected Jesus"
Music: Various, including William Walker, Chrtian Friedrich Witt, Rowland H. Prichard
Words: Charles Wesley
Language English

"Come Thou Long Expected Jesus" is an Advent carol common in Protestant hymnals. It is sung to one of several tunes, including "Jefferson" (by William Walker), "Stuttgart" (attr.[1] to Christian Witt) and "Hyfrydol" (by Rowland Prichard). The text is attributed to Charles Wesley. It is hymn number 66 in the Episcopal Church hymnal (set to "Stuttgart");[2] hymn number 196 in the United Methodist Hymnal (to "Hyfrydol"); hymns 1 (to "Stuttgart") and 2 (to "Hyfrydol") in the Presbyterian Hymnal; and hymn 254 (to "Jefferson") in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, among others.

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Come Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in Thee
Israel's strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth Thou art
Dear desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart
Born Thy people to deliver
Born a child and yet a King
Born to reign in us forever
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring
By Thine own eternal spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne

Recorded versions[edit]

Chris Tomlin's version of "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus" appears on his Christmas album Glory In the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship.

Fernando Ortega also recorded "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus" on his 2011 album, "Christmas Songs".

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