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Long Expected Jesus
“Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”
is based on the tune “Hyfrydol” written by Rowland Huw
Prichard. Prichard (January 14,
January 25, 1887) was a Welsh musician. A native of Graienyn,
near Bala, he lived most of his life in the area, serving for a
time as a
loom tender's assistant in Holywell, where he died. In 1844
Prichard published Cyfaill
y Cantorion (The
Singer's Friend), a song book
intended for children.
(Welsh for cheerful) appears in a number of Christian
hymnals in various arrangements. Prichard composed this hymn
before he was twenty years old. The words to “Come Thou Long
Expected Jesus” were penned by Charles Wesley and published in
Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord (London: William
Rowland Huw Prichard
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.
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.