Hymn 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
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.

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