This piece pulls together quickly with its easy-to-sing Southern Harmony melody and an optional sight-readable handbell part adds just the right sparkle. A perfect choice for the first Sunday of Advent, which often falls on the Sunday after Thanksgiving when it seems that half your choir has yet to return from their holiday travels.
|Keyboard with Optional Handbells
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.
Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord (London: William Strahan, 1745), number 10.
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