Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Composer David Ashley White
Text Charles Wesley, 1744
Voicing Two-part choir, organ
Length 1' 50" Price $1.95 (U.S.) Released 5/06
Catalog no. 405-144 Difficulty Moderately easy
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A quite useful and flexible anthem for Advent, where a treble, male, or mixed choir can effectively perform this anthem. Rewarding, yet easily rehearsed.
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 for ever,
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.
--Charles Wesley, 1744