Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (BEACH SPRING)


The Advent text “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” is sung to several tunes. Full of longing and melancholy, BEACH SPRING emphasizes the now- and not-yet-ness of Advent. This arrangement could also be used with other texts set to BEACH SPRING, including “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy.”

words by Charles Wesley, music attr. to B. F. White
arranged by Greg Scheer
copyright 2007

1. 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.

2. 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.

O come, Lord Jesus;
come and set your people free.