Latinised Hymns

Come, thou long-expected 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 for ever;
Now thy gracious kingdom bring.

By thy own eternal spirit,
Rule in all our hearts alone:
By thy all-sufficient merit,
Raise us to thy glorious throne.

C. Wesley

Veni, Jesus expectate
liberator hominum!
Culpa solve nos, et a te
detur nobis otium.

Firmas Iacob et solaris,
unus orbi spem parans;
gentibus desideraris,
supplices laetificans.

Nate populi salvator
idem rector et puer,
sempiterne moderator,
iura nobis alma fer.

Semper inspirare volens
solus intra nos rege,
daque nobis omnipollens
iuxta te considere.

MM 20–30.12.97