Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: Ca­the­rine H. Es­ling, in the Chris­tian Keep­sake, 1839.

Music: Adri­an (Rin­ehart) Tho­mas F. Rine­hart, 1860 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Es­ling or Rine­hart (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Come unto Me,
When shadows darkly gather,
When the sad heart is weary and distressed;
Seeking for comfort from your heavenly Father,
Come unto Me, and I will give you rest.

Ye who have mourned
When the spring flowers were taken
When the ripe fruit fell richly to the ground,
When the loved slept,
In brighter homes to waken,
Where their pale brows
With spirit-wreaths are crowned,

Large are the mansions in thy Father’s dwelling;
Glad are the homes that sorrows never dim;
Sweet are the harps in holy music swelling;
Soft are the tones
Which raise the heavenly hymn.

There, like an Eden
Blossoming in gladness,
Bloom the fair flowers
The earth too rudely pressed;
Come unto Me,
All ye who droop in sadness,
Come unto Me,
And I will give you rest.