Scripture Verse

Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28


John P. Hullah

Words: Will­iam C. Dix, in The Peo­ple’s Hym­nal, 1867.

Music: Bent­ley John P. Hul­lah, 1867 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William C. Dix

Origin of the Hymn

I was ill and de­pressed at the time, and it was al­most to idle away the hours that I wrote the hymn. I had been ill for ma­ny weeks and felt wea­ry and faint, and the hymn real­ly ex­press­es the lan­guid­ness of bo­dy from which I was suf­fer­ing at the time. Soon af­ter its com­po­si­tion I re­cov­ered, and I al­ways look back to that hymn as the turn­ing point in my ill­ness.

Nutter, p. 159


Come unto Me, ye weary,
And I will give you rest.

O blessèd voice of Jesus,
Which comes to hearts oppressed!
It tells of benediction,
Of pardon, grace and peace,
Of joy that hath no ending,
Of love which cannot cease.

Come unto Me, dear children,
And I will give you light.

O loving voice of Jesus,
Which comes to cheer the night!
Our hearts are filled with sadness,
And we had lost our way;
But He hath brought us gladness
And songs at break of day.

Come unto Me, ye fainting,
And I will give you life.

O cheering voice of Jesus,
Which comes to aid our strife!
The foe is stern and eager,
The fight is fierce and long;
But Thou hast made us mighty
And stronger than the strong.

And whosoever cometh
I will not cast him out.

O welcome voice of Jesus,
Which drives away our doubt,
Which calls us, very sinners,
Unworthy though we be
Of love so free and boundless,
To come, dear Lord, to Thee.