Scripture Verse

Come to Me. Matthew 11:28

Introduction

Words: Rus­sell S. Cook, in the Am­er­i­can Mes­sen­ger, 1850. Cook wrote this as a com­pan­ion hymn to Just as I Am.

Music: Con­fi­dence (Cham­ber­lain) G. B. Cham­ber­lain, 1870 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

  • Alicia, H. Mid­dle­ton, in The Pri­mi­tive Me­thod­ist Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by George Booth (Lon­don: Pri­mi­tive Me­thod­ist Pub­lish­ing House, 1889), num­ber 266 (🔊 pdf nwc)
  • Keighley, T. H. Will­iams, in The Pri­mi­tive Me­thod­ist Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by George Booth (Lon­don: Pri­mi­tive Me­thod­ist Pub­lish­ing House, 1889), num­ber 266 (🔊 pdf nwc)

If you know Cham­ber­lain’s full name, or where to get a good pic­ture of him or Cook, would you ?

Lyrics

Just as thou art, without one trace
Of love, or joy, or inward grace,
Or meetness for the heavenly place,
O guilty sinner, come.

Burdened with guilt, wouldst thou be blest?
Trust not the world; it gives no rest;
Christ gives relief to hearts oppressed—
O weary winner, come.

Thy sins I bore on Calvary’s tree;
The stripes, thy due, were laid on Me;
That peace, and pardon might be free;
O wretched sinner, come.

Come, leave thy burden at the cross,
Count all thy gains but empty dross:
My grace repays all earthly loss;
O needy sinner, come.

Come, hither bring thy boding fears,
Thy aching heart, thy mournful tears;
’Tis mercy’s voice salutes thine ears—
O trembling sinner, come.

The Spirit and the Bride say, Come!
Rejoicing saints re-echo, Come!
Who faints, who thirsts, who will, may come:
Thy Savior bids thee, come!