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.
Joy to those who long to see thee, Day spring from on high, appear
Come, thou promised Rod of Jesse, of thy birth we long to hear
Over the hills the angels singing news, glad tidings of a birth
Go to him, your praises bringing
Christ the Lord has come to earth.
Come to earth to taste our sadness, he whose glories knew no end
By his life he brings us gladness, our Redeemer, Shepherd, Friend.
Leaving riches without number, born within a cattle stall
This the everlasting wonder, Christ was born the Lord of all.
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 own sufficient merit, raise us to Thy glorious throne.