Music for Advent III

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

This is a do-it-yourself entry.  The tune is “Hyfrydol,” which we have as “In Humility, Our Savior” in our hymnal.  (A very nice organ prelude on the tune starts at 7:56 here.   Bonus points if you listen to the preceding prelude, on Rhosymedre, and know which hymn in our book uses that tune).  The text is by Charles Wesley.  Sing out!

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.


  1. Advent III? now you are way ahead of yourself.
    “Our Father, by whose name”

  2. Ooooohhh…love this text–thanks!

  3. I should have specified that woodboy is disqualified from competition, due to the UACME clause (Unfair Anglican Choral Music Experience).

  4. Struwelpeter says:

    In what universe can Anglican choral music experience be classified as “unfair”?

  5. I love the words to this.

  6. :) Struwelpeter–only in the universe in which identifying RVW hymn tunes is competitive.

  7. That’s “Our Father By Whose Name”–a lovely hymn that we should sing more often. Your “The text is by Charles Wesley” confused me until I rechecked your punctuation!

    And now I see woodboy’s comment. Rats.

  8. And I’ve never had any Anglican choral experience, other than enjoying a thoroughly lovely Evensong at York Minster in Summer 2009. Where they didn’t sing either of these hymns.

  9. sorry, i’ll sit the next one out. I would like to visit this magical universe where knowing hymn tunes would be a useful skill.

  10. A bit late here. I couldn’t come up with the hymn “Our Father by Whose Name,” so I was feeling frustrated trying to cross the first line of “How Wondrous and Great” with the last line of “Jehovah, Lord of Heaven and Earth.”