The Advent of Our God

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1 The advent of our King
our prayers must now employ,
and we must hymns of welcome sing
in strains of holy joy.

2 The everlasting Son,
in flesh content to be,
himself a servant's form puts on
to set his servants free.

3 O Zion's daughter, rise
to meet your lowly King,
nor let a faithless heart despise
the peace he comes to bring.

4 As judge, on clouds of light,
he soon will come again
and his true members all unite
with him in heav'n to reign.

5 Before the dawning day
let sin's dark deeds be gone,
the old self all be put away,
the new self now put on.

6 All glory to the Son,
who comes to set us free,
with Father, Spirit, ever one,
through all eternity.

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #309

Author: Charles Coffin

Coffin, Charles, born at Buzaney (Ardennes) in 1676, died 1749, was principal of the college at Beauvais, 1712 (succeeding the historian Rollin), and rector of the University of Paris, 1718. He published in 1727 some, of his Latin poems, for which he was already noted, and in 1736 the bulk of his hymns appeared in the Paris Breviary of that year. In the same year he published them as Hymni Sacri Auctore Carolo Coffin, and in 1755 a complete ed. of his Works was issued in 2 vols. To his Hymni Sacri is prefixed an interesting preface. The whole plan of his hymns, and of the Paris Breviary which he so largely influenced, comes out in his words. "In his porro scribendis Hymnis non tam poetico indulgendunv spiritui, quam nitoro et pietate co… Go to person page >

Translator: John Chandler

John Chandler, one of the most successful translators of hymns, was born at Witley in Surrey, June 16, 1806. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, B.A. 1827, M.A. 1830. Ordained deacon in 1831 and priest in 1832, he succeeded his father as the patron and vicar of Whitley, in 1837. His first volume, entitled The Hymns of the Primitive Church, now first Collected, Translated and Arranged, 1837, contained 100 hymns, for the most part ancient, with a few additions from the Paris Breviary of 1736. Four years later, he republished this volume under the title of hymns of the Church, mostly primitive, collected, translated and arranged for public use, 1841. Other publications include a Life of William of Wykeham, 1842, and Horae s… Go to person page >


ST. THOMAS (Williams)

ST. THOMAS is actually lines 5 through 8 of the sixteen-line tune HOLBORN, composed by Aaron Williams (b. London, England, 1731; d. London, 1776) and published in his Collection (1763, 1765) as a setting for Charles Wesley's text "Soldiers of Christ, Arise" (570). The harmonization is by Lowell Maso…

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Ancient and Modern #50

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #699a

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #699b

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Catholic Book of Worship III #315


Christian Worship (1993) #1


Christian Worship #309

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Common Praise #36

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #633a

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #633b

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CPWI Hymnal #52

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #99

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #25

Hymns Old and New #470

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Lutheran Service Book #331

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Lutheran Worship #12

The Book of Common Praise of the Reformed Episcopal Church #23


The Cyber Hymnal #35


The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #120


Together in Song #271

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