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November 30

"Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus" is an Advent hymn written by Charles Wesley, one of the greatest English hymnodists. The text has been associated with many tunes, including Hyfrydol and Stuttgart, the tune I play here. Stuttgart was included in Christian Witt's Psalmodia Sacra and was probably composed by him.

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Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Performed by Greg Barlow on banjo

Words: Charles Wesley, 1744.
Music: STUTTGART, Witt's Psalmodia Sacra, 1715.

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 for ever,
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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