"Come unto Me, ye Weary"

Representative Text

1 "Come unto me, ye weary,
and I will give you rest."
O blessed voice of Jesus,
which comes to hearts oppressed!
It tells of benediction,
of pardon, grace, and peace,
of joy that hath no ending,
of love which cannot cease.

2 "Come unto me, dear wand'rers,
and I will give you light."
O loving voice of Jesus,
which comes to cheer the night!
Our hearts were filled with sadness,
and we had lost our way,
but thou hast brought us gladness
and songs at break of day.

3 "Come unto me, ye fainting,
and I will give you life."
O cheering voice of Jesus,
which comes to aid our strife!
The foe is stern and eager,
the fight is fierce and long,
but thou hast made us mighty,
and stronger than the strong.

4 "And whosoever cometh
I will not cast him out."
O patient love of Jesus,
which drives away our doubt,
which, though we be unworthy
of love so great and free,
invites us very sinners
to come, dear Lord, to thee!


Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #706

Author: W. Chatterton Dix

Most British hymn writers in the nineteenth century were clergymen, but William C. Dix (b. Bristol, England, 1837; d. Cheddar, Somerset, England, 1898) was a notable exception. Trained in the business world, he became the manager of a marine insurance company in Glasgow, Scotland. Dix published various volumes of his hymns, such as Hymns of Love and Joy (1861) and Altar Songs: Verses on the Holy Eucharist (1867). A number of his texts were first published in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861). Bert Polman… Go to person page >

Notes

Come unto Me, ye weary. W. G. Dix. [Invitation.] This hymn, which ranks as one of the best of Mr. Dix's efforts, was published in 1867 in the People's Hymnal; in 1869, in the Appendix to the Society for Promoting Christian Education Psalms & Hymns; in 1871, in Church Hymns; in 1875, in Hymns Ancient & Modern, and in other collections. It has also been reprinted in Laudes Domini, N. Y., 1884.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Ambassador Hymnal #424

Christian Science Hymnal #461

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Christian Worship #336

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Christian Worship #706

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #413

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Lutheran Service Book #684

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Lutheran Worship #345

The Baptist Hymnal #505

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The Cyber Hymnal #1006

The New Century Hymnal #484

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #482

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #443

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