by Charles Wesley
, from Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord
. The hymn may be sung in quatrains (as here) to the tune Stuttgart
, adapted by Henry J Gauntlett
from Psalmodia Sacra
by Christian F Witt
; or in eight-line stanzas to Hyfrydol
, the tune best known for its use with Allelulia, Sing to Jesus
Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Rebuilding the contribution of an asamothed noder.
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.