Scripture Verse

Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Introduction

Words: Fan­nie J. New­man, in The Roy­al Foun­tain No. 3, ed­it­ed by John Swe­ney & Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1882), page 47. Some hym­nals show the lyr­i­cist as Merle Mur­rie, New­man’s pseu­do­nym.

Music: Me­di­o­la­num John R. Swe­ney, 1882 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
John R. Sweney
(1837–1899)

Lyrics

Just as a little tired child
Seeks rest upon its mother’s knee,
Worn out with care and striving oft,
Dear Lord, I come to Thee:
Worn out with care and striving oft,
Dear Lord, I come to Thee.

From all my worldly cares, my sins,
How tempted am I oft to flee;
So with the grievous, heavy load,
Dear Lord, I come to Thee:
So with the grievous, heavy load,
Dear Lord, I come to Thee.

For if Thou dost not take away
The sting, the pain, the misery,
Thou yet will help me bear them all,
Dear Lord, I come to Thee:
Thou yet will help me bear them all,
Dear Lord, I come to Thee.

If best for me—Thou knowest best—
I know that Thou wilt hear my plea,
Wilt bear my burdens, give me rest,
Dear Lord, I come to Thee:
Wilt bear my burdens, give me rest,
Dear Lord, I come to Thee.