Come to Me.@Matthew 11:28

George F. Root, in The Palm, ed­it­ed by C. M. Wy­man (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Root & Ca­dy, 1870), page 247.

In­vi­ta­tion (Root) George F. Root, 1870 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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George F. Root (1820–1895)

In 1879 I was as­sist­ing in re­viv­al meet­ings in Dan­ville, Cal­i­for­nia, writes the pas­tor of a Pres­by­ter­i­an Church at Oak­land. The meet­ings were well at­tend­ed and good in­ter­est was ex­hibi­ted, but for a long time there were no con­ver­sions.

In the neigh­bor­hood there was a man who, with his wife and child­ren, at­tend­ed the church reg­u­lar­ly, and he was one of its lib­er­al sup­port­ers. They were most ex­cel­lent peo­ple, but could not be in­duced to pro­fess Christ, and did not call them­selves Chris­tians.

One day, while the men were hold­ing ser­vic­es in the church, the wo­men were hav­ing a pray­er-meet­ing in the manse near by. In the course of the meet­ing they sang Come to the Sav­iour, make no de­lay.

The sing­ing ov­er, they were about to en­gage in pray­er, when the la­dy above re­ferred to asked them to sing the last verse of this hymn…The la­dy was great­ly af­fect­ed, and when the sing­ing ceased she said with deep emo­tion: ‘Yes, I will not stay away any long­er.’ The wo­men were all deep­ly moved, and prayed and praised God with warm hearts.

When the word reached the men they were great­ly en­cour­aged at the good news. A re­viv­al fol­lowed, and at the close of a touch­ing ser­vice a few days lat­er, when a call was made for per­sons who de­sired to unite with the church, this la­dy and her hus­band were the first to re­spond. They were fol­lowed by some of their own child­ren and ma­ny oth­er per­sons—in all twen­ty-one.

This hymn seemed to have been the means of reach­ing the wife’s heart, and of open­ing the way for the bless­ing which fol­lowed.

Sankey, pp. 129–30

Come to the Savior, make no delay;
Here in His Word He has shown us the way;
Here in our midst He’s standing today,
Tenderly saying, Come!

Refrain

Joyful, joyful will the meeting be,
When from sin our hearts are pure and free;
And we shall gather, Savior, with Thee,
In our eternal home.

Suffer the children! oh, hear His voice!
Let ev’ry heart leap forth and rejoice;
And let us freely make Him our choice;
Do not delay, but come.

Refrain

Think once again, He’s with us today;
Heed now His blest command, and obey;
Hear now His accents tenderly say,
Will you, My children, come?

Refrain