We sang this hymn this past Sunday at my church’s Lessons and Carols service, and it perfectly encapsulates the Advent message with its overtones of hope, desire, longing, and deliverance. May you expectantly and joyously await his coming.
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.