Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out. John 6:37
Words: Josiah Conder, in The Congregational Hymn Book, 1836.
Music: Sacred Harmony J. Kidd, in The Primitive Methodist Hymnal with Supplement, edited by George Booth (London: Primitive Methodist Publishing House, 1912), number 251 (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know Kidd’s full name, or where to get a good picture of him (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
Welcome, welcome! sinner, hear!
Hang not back through shame or fear;
Doubt not, nor distrust the call,
Mercy is proclaimed to all.
Welcome to the offered peace;
Welcome, prisoner, to release!
Burst thy bonds; be saved; be free!
Rise and come—He calleth thee.
Welcome, weeping penitent!
Grace hath made thy heart relent;
Welcome, long estrangèd child!
God in Christ is reconciled.
Welcome to the cleansing fount
Springing from the sacred mount;
Welcome to the feast divine,
Bread of life and living wine.
All ye weary and distressed,
Welcome to relief and rest:
All is ready; hear the call:
There is ample room for all.
None can come that shall not find
Mercy called whom Grace inclined;
Nor shall any willing heart
Hear the bitter word—Depart!
O the virtue of that price,
That redeeming sacrifice!
Come, ye bought, but not with gold;
Welcome to the sacred fold.