Lent & Advent


Carolyn Matthews

December 5, 2022

Songs of Advent


We Long to See Thee So

(The author of this hymn of Advent  is unknown, but was most likely an anonymous Sister of Notre Dame. The song was published in “In Hymns and Canticles – verses Sacred and profane” produced by the Sisters of Notre Dame in London in 1903 and also possibly in “Convent Hymns and Music by the Sisters of Notre Dame” (1891).    The text is a simplification of the original, with just the Advent verses included. The meter is


Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 (NRSVUE)

Give the king your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to a king’s son.
May he judge your people with righteousness
and your poor with justice.
May the mountains yield prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness.
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the needy,
and crush the oppressor.


May he live while the sun endures
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
like showers that water the earth.
In his days may righteousness flourish
and peace abound, until the moon is no more.


Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
19 Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may his glory fill the whole earth.
Amen and Amen.


We Long to See Thee So


We long to see Thee so,
To see Thee newly born.
The sands of time run slow,
We long for Christmas morn.


O come, o come, o come.
Our Saviour dear to be,
O come ,o come, o come,
We have no King but Thee.


We long to see You so,
To see the angel’s glory,
To hear their midnight story
And with the Shepherds go.


We long to see You so,
To print our kisses sweet,
Upon your little feet
While tears of love shall flow.


We long to see Thee so!
No other joy can please us,
We want Thee baby Jesus,
The sands of time run slow.


We long to see Thee so!
The world will not receive Thee,
But we will never leave Thee,
To whom, Lord, could we go?


We long to see Thee so!
Sweet Christ-Child, do not tarry,
0 bring Him to us, Mary,
Amid the frost and snow.