Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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James M. Black
(1856–1938)

Words: Liz­zie Ak­ers, in The Gos­pel Cho­rus, ed­it­ed by James Black (New York: Ea­ton & Mains, 1902), num­ber 2.

Music: James M. Black (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Weary burdened wand’rer,
There is rest for thee,
At the feet of Jesus,
In His love so free;
Listen to His message,
Words forever blest,
Oh, thou heavy laden,
Come to Me and rest.

Refrain

Come, oh come to Me,
Come, oh come to Me,
Jesus now is waiting, calling
Come, oh come to Me.

Bring Him all thy burdens,
All thy guilt and sin,
Mercy’s door is open,
Rise and enter in.
Jesus there is waiting,
Patiently for thee,
Hear Him gently calling,
Come, oh, come to Me.

Refrain

Linger then no longer,
Come just now to Him;
Ere the shadows gather,
And thy light grows dim.
Thou hast long been waiting
For some better time,
But today He’s calling,
Come and claim Him thine.

Refrain

He will bid thee welcome,
At the blessèd cross,
Turn to joy thy mourning,
Turn to gold thy dross.
He will lead thee gently,
All along the way,
In the path that shineth,
Unto perfect day.

Refrain