Come Thou Long Expected Jesus with O Come O Come Emmanuel Piano Sheet Music
A haunting and easy to prepare piano medley of hymn tunes Jefferson and Veni Emmanuel. Great for Advent!

Charles Wesley, an itinerant preacher and the “Bard of Methodism,” penned the Advent hymn text Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus and first published it in his Hymns for the Nativity of our Lord (1744). Like most of the 5000+ hymns Wesley wrote, Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus references Scripture passages in nearly every phrase and this hymn text also neatly combines both meanings of Advent – the preparation for Christmas and the preparation for Christ’s second coming.

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.

Wesley’s text is normally paired with one of two tunes, Stuttgart or Hyfrydol, but in this piano arrangement I chose a lesser-used tune for Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus – Jefferson – a folk tune with roots in the early American singing schools that used shaped notes to teach rural people to read music. I matched up this earthy and rustic melody with the more ethereal and elegant Advent hymn O Come, O Come, Emmanuel for a “shabby chic” easy piano arrangement that evokes a feeling of longing perfect for the Advent season. Enjoy!

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