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Wednesday, August 07, 2002
- Not primitive! It's Wesleyan! -
It is time I post this.

I came across a hymn yesterday while browsing through the
Southern Folklife Collection's website. They label it as a "Primitive Baptist Hymn by unknown congregation," but as I listened to it further it turns out that it is Charles Wesley's "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus." The melody is intoxicating - the sort that grabs hold of you and pulses all the way through your whole being. I've not yet been able to shake it.

Anyway, now that you are at least curious, you can find the recording here.

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 saints thou art;
Dear Desire of ev'ry nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

posted by Jamie 1:18 PM

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