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Updated 05/29/2013

 

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

“Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” is based on the tune “Hyfrydol” written by Rowland Huw Prichard.  Prichard (January 14, 1811-
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.

 

Hyfrydol (Welsh for cheerful) appears in a number of Christian hymnals in various arrangements.  Prichard composed this hymn tune
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 Stra­han, 1745),
num­ber 10.

 


Rowland Huw Prichard

Lyrics by Charles Wesley

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.