Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Hymnology: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
~Romans 6:22

Hymn Story

In 1744, the famed Methodist evangelist John Wesley compiled and published A Collection of Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord (available for your perusal here). This collection featured 18 carols composed by his brother Charles, the most famous of which is Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus. This beloved hymn found such universal appeal that it was even included in a hymn-book published by Augustus Toplady, whose infamous disputes with the Wesleys are well documented. Continue reading