There’s a light upon the mountains, and the day is at the spring,
When our eyes shall see the beauty and the glory of the King:
Weary was our heart with waiting, and the night watch seemed so long,
But His triumph day is breaking, and we hail it with a song.
In the fading of the starlight we may see the coming morn;
And the lights of all are paling in the splendors of the dawn;
For the eastern skies are glowing as with light of hidden fire,
And the hearts of all are stirring with the throbs of deep desire.
He is breaking down the barriers, He is gathering up the way;
He is calling for His angels to build up the gates of day:
But His angels here are human, not the shining hosts above;
For the drum beats of His army are the heartbeats of our love.
Hark! we hear a distant music, and it comes with fuller swell;
’Tis the triumph song of Jesus, of our King, Immanuel!
Go ye forth with joy to meet Him! And, my soul, be swift to bring
All thy sweetest and thy dearest for the glory of our King!
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
“This hymn, originally written around the turn of the 20th century, first caught our eye because of the unique imagery of the third verse: ‘...the drumbeats of His army are the heartbeats of our love...’ What a powerful mandate and image for us as Christians in the church! It is also a song of active expectation and hope, and we felt like tagging on the first lines of ‘Come Thou Long Expected Jesus’ really helped to capture that.” - Jackson
Michael – Harmony Vocals; Rachel – Harmony Vocals; Adam – Banjo; Greg – Bass; Seth – Guitar; Kristina – Violin; Jackson – Lead Vocals
Text: Henry Burton, 1910; Music: Jackson T. Maust and Seth Thomas Crissman, 2015