Saturday, August 2, 2014

Come Unto Me, You Weary

“Come unto Me, you weary,
And I will give you rest.”*
O bless├Ęd voice of Jesus,
Which comes to hearts oppressed!
It tells of consolation,
Of pardon, grace and peace,
Of joy that has no ending,
Of love which cannot cease.

 "Come unto me, you wanderers, 
And I will give your light."
O loving voice of Jesus, 

Which comes to cheer the night!
Our hearts were filled with sadness

When we had lost our way;
But He has brought us gladness 

And songs at break of day.

"And anyone who comes forth, 
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 as we may be!

--William C. Dix, ~1867; adapted c.m.b., 2014

Dix wrote of this hymn:
I was ill and de­pressed at the time, and it was al­most to idle away the hours that I wrote the hymn. I had been ill for ma­ny weeks and felt weary and faint, and the hymn real­ly ex­press­es the lan­guid­ness of bo­dy from which I was suf­fer­ing at the time. Soon af­ter its com­po­si­tion I re­cov­ered, and I al­ways look back to that hymn as the turn­ing point in my ill­ness.
*"[Jesus said]' 'Come unto Me, all you who are weary and heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.'"  (Matthew 11:28-30)