Charles Wesley’s Christmas Prayer

by Richard Long,

Charles Wesley wrote thousands of songs in his day. A few of them have survived as classics, including some Christmas carols. The best known is Wesley’s “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”.

Lesser known, but truly a prayer is the Advent Hymn, “Come Thou Long Expected 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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