Scripture Verse

Whoever comes to Me I will certainly not turn away. John 6:37

Introduction

Words: The ear­li­est pub­li­ca­tion of these words that we have seen is in The Bap­tist Hymn Book, ed­it­ed by Gil­bert Beebe (Mid­dle­town, New York: Signs of the Times, 1859), num­ber 892. Lat­er pub­li­ca­tions cred­it the hymn to Ers­kine and Ber­ridge (no fur­ther da­ta).

Music: Cleans­ing Foun­tain 19th Cen­tu­ry Am­er­i­can camp meet­ing tune (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

My business lies at wisdom’s gate
Where needy sinners come,
And here I sue, and here I wait
For mercy’s falling crumbs.

My rags and wounds my wants proclaim,
And help from Him implore;
The wounds do witness I am lame,
The rags that I am poor.

My Lord, I hear, the hungry feeds,
And cheereth souls distressed;
He loves to bind up broken reeds,
And heal a bleeding breast.

His name is Jesus, full of grace,
Which draws me to His door;
And will not Jesus show His face,
And bring His Gospel store?

Supplies of every grace I want,
And each day want supply;
And if no grace the Lord will grant,
I must lay down and die.

But oh! my Lord, such news shall ne’er
Be told in Zion’s street,
That some poor soul fell in despair,
And died at Jesus’ feet.