… or something like that. I was browsing through a hymn book, “Common Praise”, and came across this traditional hymn. Please don’t ask me what ‘heaven’s arches’ are or how they ring (last verse). However, I particularly like the third verse. Yes, it is all very Victorian and they don’t write them like that any more, but it does convey a sense of what Advent is supposed to be about: hope.

Hope because God keeps his promises. Hope represented in Jesus Christ coming to our world.

Hark the glad sound!The Saviour comes,
The Saviour promised long;
Let every heart prepare a throne,
And every voice a song.
He comes the prisoners to release,
In Satan’s bondage held;
The gates of brass before Him burst,
The iron fetters yield.
He comes the broken heart to bind,
The bleeding soul to cure,
And with the treasures of His grace
To enrich the humble poor.
Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,
Thy welcome shall proclaim;
And heaven’s eternal arches ring
With Thy belovèd name.

Philip Doddridge (1702-1751)