Monday, December 19, 2005

Christmas Hymn, Part 2

I am continuing, this week, to list some good, theologically sound, Christmas Carols. Yesterday I listed the hymn of an Old English Baptist from the 1600s, Benjamin Keach. Keach would most certainly not have called the work a Christmas hymn, it was not until the late 19th/early 20th century that Christians began to accept Christmas. Today I am listing a wonderful classic hymn by Charles Wesley. Also I have added a link, in the links section, to a site called Reformed Praise. It is a worship website that provides the music to some worship songs with great theological foundations and messages. You can find songs from the past and the present on it. I encourage you to check it out.

Hymn: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus- Charles Wesley (1774)

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.


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