Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus | Advent Hymn of the Week

What does it mean to find our rest in God? In the midst of the hectic season, the darkness that so insistently encroaches, the hard, the sad… do you feel peace? Do you feel joy?

Take some time to sing this song together, and really focus on the words you’re singing – God is our strength. He is our consolation. He is our hope, our desire, our joy.

And why? Because his merit is all sufficient! He is the King, born to reign in us forever and bring his forever kingdom to bear. And he will do it.

Rule in all our hearts, Lord 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.

Text: Charles Wesley (1745)
Music: HYFRYDOL, Rowland H. Prichard (1830)
Meter: D
Copyright: Public Domain

"Come, thou long expected Jesus" is written over an illustration of Mary smiling down at her pregnant belly.

This hymn is featured in our Advent Card Worship Guides!



Rain for Roots added a really nice refrain to their rendition of the hymn.

Reawaken hymns lyric video

additional resources


Hymnary has lots of helpful information on hymns, including scans of hymnal pages, and text comparisons.

Hymnology Archive

The Hymnology Archive has in-depth research on hymn texts, tunes, and authors.

Reawaken Hymns

Reawaken Hymns has great resources (chord charts, lyric sheets, multitracks, etc.) for churches and families who want to play and sing these hymns.


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