Scripture Verse

Christ Jesus…made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant. Philippians 2:6–7


Charles Coffin (1676–1749)

Words: Charles Cof­fin, in the Pa­ris Bre­vi­ary, 1736 (In­stan­tis ad­ven­tum Dei). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John Chand­ler, Hymns of the Pri­mi­tive Church, 1837.

Music: Don­cas­ter Sam­uel Wes­ley, in Psalms and Hymns for the Ser­vice of the Church, 1837 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Samuel Wesley (1766–1837)
National Portrait Gallery



The ad­vent of our God
Our pray­ers must now em­ploy,
And we must meet Him on His road
With hymns of ho­ly joy.

The ev­er­last­ing Son
Incarnate deigns to be;
Himself a ser­vant’s form puts on
To set His peo­ple free.

Daughter of Zi­on, rise
To meet thy low­ly king,
Nor let thy faith­less heart des­pise
The peace He comes to bring.

As judge, on clouds of light,
He soon will come again,
And all His scat­tered saints unite
With Him in Hea­ven to reign.

Before the dawn­ing day
Let sin’s dark deeds be gone;
The old man all be put away,
The new man all put on.

All glo­ry to the Son
Who comes to set us free,
With Fa­ther, Spir­it, ever One,
Through all eter­ni­ty.