Saturday, November 27, 2010

TSMSS - Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus


I absolutely love Christmas music. Cheery songs about sleigh rides and jingle bells, traditional songs that dream of white christmases, joyous carols proclaiming the wonder of the birth of Christ, contemplative songs that take a peek into the hearts and minds of Mary and Joseph, majestic orchestral and choral renditions of classic songs, the beauty of Handel's Messiah and quiet songs that reflect on the hope the promised Messiah brings---each and every style celebrates the incomparable gift of God to a broken world.

This song has been in the hymnbooks for decades, and is one that was rarely sung and underappreciated when I was a child, but it is beautiful. Christy Nockels sings this version, which is found on Chris Tomlin's album Glory in the Highest.

Visit Signs, Miracles and Wonders for more great songs.




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.

WORDS: Charles Wesley
MUSIC: Rowland H. Pritchard

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8 comments:

quilly said...

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs but not this particular rendition, which sounds like a dirge. These singers have managed to drag it down and remove all the exuberance,joy and glory of Christ's presence. When we sing this in church we sing it with zest and glee.

jhunnelle said...

beautiful music, oh that the world may know that christmas is not about santa or shopping or tree or snowman it's about Christ.

Thank you for sharing!

A Mom After God's Own Heart said...

What a beautiful rendition of this, one of my favorite Christmas hymns. It is very reflective, and most appropriate for the upcoming Advent season. Thank you for posting! Be Blessed this week and always:)

Pia said...

beautiful song...

Debbie said...

Yes, this is a beautiful hymn. The words have such meaning. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving Linda.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

SnoopyGirl said...

What a beautiful song!

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Love it!

Faith said...

interesting version...i like it! it makes me really reflect on the meaning behind the words...this has always been one of my very fave xmas hymns. blessings to you...hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!