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Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

  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.

  2. Israel’s strength and consolation,
    hope of all the earth Thou art:
    dear desire of ev’ry nation,
    joy of ev’ry longing heart.

  3. Born Thy people to deliver,
    born a child, and yet a king,
    born to reign in us for ever,
    now Thy gracious kingdom bring.

  4. By Thine own eternal Spirit
    rule in all our hearts alone;
    by Thy grace, help us to merit
    life eternal at Thy throne.

Comfort, Comfort now my People

  1. “Comfort, comfort now my people;
    tell of peace!” so says our God.
    Comfort those who sit in darkness
    mourning under sorrow’s load.
    To God’s people now proclaim
    that God’s pardon waits for them!
    Tell them that their war is over;
    God will reign in peace forever!

  2. For the herald’s voice is crying
    in the desert far and near,
    calling us to true repentance
    since the Kingdom now is here.
    Oh, that warning cry obey!
    Now prepare for God a way!
    Let the valleys rise to meet him,
    and the hills bow down to greet him!

  3. Straight shall be what long was crooked,
    and the rougher places plain!
    Let your hearts be true and humble,
    as befits his holy reign!
    For the glory of the Lord
    now on earth is shed abroad,
    and all flesh shall see the token
    that God’s word is never broken.

Creator of the Stars of Night

  1. Creator of the stars of night,
    Thy people’s everlasting Light;
    Jesu, Redeemer, save us all,
    And hear thy servants when they call.

  2. Thou, grieving that the ancient curse
    Should doom to death a universe,
    Hast found the med’cine, full of grace,
    To save and heal a ruin’d race.

  3. Thou cam’st, the Bridegroom of the bride,
    As drew the world to eveningtide;
    Proceeding from a virgin shrine,
    The spotless Victim all divine.

  4. At Whose dread Name, majestic now,
    All knees must bend, all hearts must bow;
    And things celestial Thee shall own,
    And things terrestrial, Lord alone.

  5. O Thou, Whose coming is with dread
    To judge and doom the quick and dead,
    Preserve us, while we dwell below,
    From ev’ry insult of the foe.

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

  1. Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
    and with fear and trembling stand;
    ponder nothing earthly-minded,
    for with blessing in his hand,
    Christ our God to earth descendeth,
    our full homage to demand.

  2. King of kings, yet born of Mary,
    as of old on earth he stood,
    Lord of lords, in human vesture,
    in the body and the blood,
    he will give to all the faithful
    his own self for heav’nly food.

  3. Rank on rank the host of heaven
    spreads its vanguard on the way,
    as the Light of light descendeth
    from the realms of endless day,
    that the pow’rs of hell may vanish
    as the darkness clears away.

  4. At his feet the six-winged seraph,
    cherubim, with sleepless eye,
    veil their faces to the presence,
    as with ceaseless voice they cry,
    “Alleluia, alleluia,
    alleluia, Lord Most High!”

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

  1. Lo, how a rose e’er blooming,
    From tender stem hath sprung!
    From Jesse’s lineage coming,
    As men of old have sung.
    It came, a floweret bright,
    Amid the cold of winter
    When half spent was the night.

  2. Isaiah ‘twas foretold it,
    The Rose I have in mind
    With Mary we behold it,
    The Virgin mother kind.
    To show God’s love aright,
    She bore to us a Savior
    When half spent was the night.

  3. The shepherds heard the story
    Proclaimed by angels bright,
    How Christ, the Lord of Glory
    Was born on earth this night.
    To Bethlehem they sped
    And in the manger they found Him,
    As angels heralds said.

  4. This Flower, whose fragrance tender
    With sweetness fills the air,
    Dispels with glorious splendor
    The darkness everywhere;
    True man, yet very God,
    From sin and death he saves us,
    And lightens every load.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

  1. O come, O come, Emmanuel,
    And ransom captive Israel,
    That mourns in lonely exile here
    Until the Son of God appear.
    Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
    Shall come to thee, O Israel.

  2. O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
    Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
    In ancient times didst give the Law,
    In cloud, and majesty and awe.
    Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
    Shall come to thee, O Israel.

  3. O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
    Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
    From depths of hell Thy people save,
    And give them vict’ry o’er the grave.
    Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
    Shall come to thee, O Israel.

  4. O come, Thou Key of David, come,
    And open wide our heav’nly home;
    Make safe the way that leads on high,
    And close the path to misery.
    Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
    Shall come to thee, O Israel.

  5. O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
    Our spirits by Thine advent here;
    Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
    And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
    Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
    Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Of the Father's Love Begotten

  1. Of the Father’s love begotten
    Ere the worlds began to be,
    He is Alpha and Omega,
    He the Source, the Ending He,
    Of the things that are, that have been,
    And that future years shall see
    Evermore and evermore.

  2. Oh, that birth forever blessed
    When the Virgin, full of grace,
    By the Holy Ghost conceiving,
    Bare the Savior of our race,
    And the Babe, the world’s Redeemer,
    First revealed His sacred face
    Evermore and evermore.

  3. O ye heights of heaven, adore Him;
    Angel hosts, His praises sing;
    Powers, dominions, bow before Him
    And extol our God and King.
    Let no tongue on earth be silent,
    Every voice in concert ring
    Evermore and evermore.

  4. This is He whom Heaven-taught singers
    Sang of old with one accord;
    Whom the Scriptures of the prophets
    Promised in their faithful word.
    Now He shines, the Long-expected;
    Let creation praise its Lord
    Evermore and evermore.

  5. Christ, to Thee, with God the Father,
    And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee
    Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving
    And unending praises be,
    Honor, glory, and dominion,
    And eternal victory
    Evermore and evermore.

On Jordan's Bank

  1. On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
    Announces that the Lord is nigh;
    Come, then, and hearken, for he brings
    Glad tidings from the King of kings!

  2. Then cleansed be ev’ry soul from sin;
    Make straight the way for God within;
    Prepare we in our hearts a home,
    Where such a mighty Guest may come.

  3. For Thou art our salvation, Lord,
    Our Refuge and our great reward.
    Without Thy grace our souls must fade
    And wither like a flow’r decayed.

  4. Stretch forth Thine hand, to heal our sore,
    And make us rise and fall no more;
    Once more upon Thy people shine,
    And fill the world with love divine.

  5. All praise, eternal Son, to Thee,
    Whose advent doth Thy people free,
    Whom with the Father, we adore,
    And Holy Ghost, for evermore.

People, Look East

  1. People, look east. The time is near
    Of the crowning of the year.
    Make your house fair as you are able,
    Trim the hearth and set the table.
    People, look east and sing today:
    Love, the guest, is on the way.

  2. Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare,
    One more seed is planted there:
    Give up your strength the seed to nourish,
    That in course the flower may flourish.
    People, look east and sing today:
    Love, the rose, is on the way.

  3. Birds, though you long have ceased to build,
    Guard the nest that must be filled.
    Even the hour when wings are frozen
    God for fledging time has chosen.
    People, look east and sing today:
    Love, the bird, is on the way.

  4. Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim
    One more light the bowl shall brim,
    Shining beyond the frosty weather,
    Bright as sun and moon together.
    People, look east and sing today:
    Love, the star, is on the way.

  5. Angels, announce with shouts of mirth
    Christ who brings new life to earth.
    Set every peak and valley humming
    With the word, the Lord is coming.
    People, look east and sing today:
    Love, the Lord, is on the way.

Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying

  1. “Wake, awake, for night is flying,”
    The watchmen on the heights are crying;
    “Awake, Jerusalem, arise!”
    Midnight hears the welcome voices
    And at the thrilling cry rejoices:
    “Oh, where are ye, ye virgins wise?
    The Bridegroom comes, awake!
    Your lamps with gladness take!
    With bridal care Yourselves prepare
    To meet the Bridegroom, who is near.”

  2. Zion hears the watchmen singing,
    And all her heart with joy is springing,
    She wakes, she rises from her gloom;
    For her Lord comes down all-glorious,
    The strong in grace, in truth victorious,
    Her Star is ris’n, her Light is come.
    “Now come, Thou Blessed One,
    Lord Jesus, God’s own Son,
    Hail! Hosanna!
    The joyful call We answer all
    And follow to the nuptial hall.”

  3. Now let all the heav’ns adore Thee,
    Let men and angels sing before Thee,
    With harp and cymbal’s clearest tone.
    Of one pearl each shining portal,
    Where, dwelling with the choir immortal,
    We gather round Thy radiant throne.
    No vision ever brought,
    No ear hath ever caught,
    Such great glory;
    Therefore will we Eternally
    Sing hymns of praise and joy to Thee.