Hope Is Here - EP

by John Hatfield

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Advent is a season of waiting and preparation. Of beginning again. It is a time to still our hearts and minds amidst the busyness of the world around us.

This EP is an offering of 3 songs that are particularly meaningful to me during Advent. The first track, "Hope Is Here," I wrote to remind myself of the necessity, and even the beauty, of waiting. The other two tracks are beautiful Advent hymn texts that I re-tuned to reintroduce into usage in my own community's Advent celebration.

I hope these songs offer some space for you to experience that stillness. May your Advent season be blessed with hope, love, joy, and peace.

-John

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released December 4, 2018

Hope Is Here
Music & Lyrics by John Hatfield

Come, Thou Precious Ransom, Come
Lyrics by Johann Gottfried Olearius, 1664
Translated by August Crull, 1923
Music by John Hatfield

Watchman Tell Us of the Night
Lyrics by John Bowring, 1825
Music by John Hatfield

All songs performed by John Hatfield

Mixed by Richard Whiting

All songs copyright © 2018 John Hatfield Music. Unauthorized use without permission is prohibited.

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John Hatfield Houston, Texas

John is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Houston, TX. He is the host of the Hymnistry Podcast, liturgy nerd, and fan of great burgers everywhere.

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Track Name: Hope Is Here
How long can you hold on?
How long can you wait?
How long can you look for a sunrise?
How long is too late?

It feels like forever
You gotta have faith
We're going to see the sun rising one day
But we have

Hope
Like a prayer to get through the night
Love
Like a song instead of a fight
Joy
Like the brightest of heavenly lights
Peace like a river

Somewhere in the darkness
Out there in the night
The morning is breaking through clouds with its light
So we'll have

Hope
Like a prayer to get through the night
Love
Like a song instead of a fight
Joy
Like the brightest of heavenly lights
Peace like a river

Hope is here and
Love casts out all fear and
Joy will hold you near and
Give you peace

Hope
Like a prayer to get through the night
Love
Like a song instead of a fight
Joy
Like the brightest of heavenly lights
Peace like a river
Track Name: Come, Thou Precious Ransom, Come
Come, Thou precious Ransom, come,
Only hope for sinful mortals!
Come, O Savior of the world!
Open are to Thee all portals.
Come, Thy beauty let us see;
Anxiously we wait for Thee.

Enter now my waiting heart,
Glorious King and Lord most holy.
Dwell in me and ne'er depart,
Though I am but poor and lowly.
Ah, what riches will be mine
When Thou art my guest divine!

My hosannas and my palms
Graciously receive, I pray Thee;
Evermore, as best I can,
Savior, I will homage pay Thee,
And in faith I will embrace,
Lord, Thy merit through Thy grace.

Hail! Hosanna, David's Son!
Help, Lord, hear our supplication!
Let Thy kingdom, scepter, crown,
Bring us blessing and salvation,
That forever we may sing:
Hail! Hosanna to our King.
Track Name: Watchman, Tell Us of the Night
Watchman, tell us of the night,
what its signs of promise are.
Traveler, what a wondrous sight:
see that glory-beaming star.
Watchman, does its beauteous ray
news of joy or hope foretell?
Traveler, yes; it brings the day,
promised day of Israel.

Watchman, tell us of the night;
higher yet that star ascends.
Traveler, blessedness and light,
peace and truth its course portends.
Watchman, will its beams alone
gild the spot that gave them birth?
Traveler, ages are its own;
see, it bursts o’er all the earth.

Watchman, tell us of the night,
for the morning seems to dawn.
Traveler, shadows take their flight;
doubt and terror are withdrawn.
Watchman, you may go your way;
hasten to your quiet home.
Traveler, we rejoice today,
for Emmanuel has come!