Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

“Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” from Hymns for the Nativity of our Lord (1744), was one of more than approximately 6,500 hymn texts authored by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), leader of the Methodist movement and arguably the pre-eminent hymn-writer of all time.

The Advent hymn alludes to both the first coming of the Messiah and His return. Each stanza reflects a different idea: Stanza 1, the longing for freedom from sin and fear; Stanza 2, attributes of or names for Christ; Stanza 3, the Messiah’s birth, kingdom, and purpose; and Stanza 4, a prayer for Christ’s rule in believers’ hearts. Among the Scriptures referenced in the hymn are 2 Corinthians 4:14, Revelation 3:21, Isaiah 61:1-2, Luke 4:18-19, and Romans 6:22.

This anthem for SATB choir and organ sets Wesley’s text to an original tune.

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Score (SATB, organ) — $12.99