Come unto Me.@Matthew 11:28
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William E. Witter (1854–1931)

Will­iam E. Wit­ter, 1877.

Ho­ra­tio R. Pa­lmer, 1879 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Horatio R. Palmer (1834–1907)

Mr. Wit­ter has said re­gard­ing this hymn: I may say that the or­i­gin of ‘While Je­sus whis­pers to you’ is for­ev­er linked with some of the most sacr­ed ex­per­i­enc­es of my life. I see the old farm­house in New York State, ov­er­look­ing the beau­ti­ful Wy­om­ing Val­ley, and those west­ern hills, which to my child­hood eyes were the rim of the world.

It was in the sum­mer of 1877, and I was home from col­lege to nurse my saint­ed mother through her last ill­ness, and at the same time I was teach­ing a term in school. The bi­og­ra­phy of P. P. Bliss was in our home, and his sweet songs were run­ning through my mind from morn till ev­en­ing. I prayed that ev­en I might be in­spired to write such hymns as would touch hard hearts and lead them to Christ.

One Sa­tur­day afternoon, while bunch­ing the hay which had been mown along the road­side, the words of this lit­tle hymn seemed to sing them­selves in­to my soul, and with mu­sic al­most iden­tic­al with that to which they were lat­er set by the sweet sing­er Palm­er. I hast­ened to the house and, run­ning up­stairs, knelt be­side the bed of a broth­er, for whose sal­va­tion my moth­er was in con­stant pray­er. There, up­on my knees, I trans­cribed the words to pa­per, and with a strange con­scious­ness that they were God-giv­en and that God would use them.

Sankey, pp. 127–28

While Jesus whispers to you,
Come, sinner, come!
While we are praying for you,
Come, sinner, come!
Now is the time to own Him:
Come, sinner, come!
Now is the time to know Him:
Come, sinner, come!

Are you too heavy laden?
Come, sinner, come!
Jesus will bear your burden:
Come, sinner, come!
Jesus will not deceive you:
Come, sinner, come!
Jesus can now redeem you:
Come, sinner, come!

Why will you longer doubt Him?
Come, sinner, come!
What will you do without Him?
Come, sinner come!
For you His heart is yearning,
Come, sinner, come!
Why not to Him be turning?
Come, sinner come!*

Far off you may have wandered,
Come, sinner, come!
God’s gifts you may have squandered,
Come, sinner come!
Cease now, your heart to harden,
Come, sinner, come!
Jesus will freely pardon,
Come, sinner come!*

O hear His tender pleading:
Come, sinner, come!
Come and receive the blessing:
Come, sinner, come!
While Jesus whispers to you,
Come, sinner, come!
While we are praying for you,
Come, sinner, come!

* Added by He­len C. Al­ex­an­der in Al­ex­an­der’s Gospel Hymns No. 2 (New York: Flem­ing H. Re­vell, 1910), num­ber 33