Short and sweet, which means that it usually doesn’t get either of its two verses dropped in the battle arena that is congregational singing. (Calbert makes a funny! Sort of. Maybe. Hee hee hee) Usually sung to one of my favorite hymn tunes (Hyfrydol, for those keeping score at home.), which is also a plus.
Even so, Come Lord Jesus…
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.
– Charles Wesley