Come, Ye Sinners, Poor And Needy

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This hymn has such an interesting Chinese sounding melody. The last stanza has a phrase which is also very interesting – “nor of fitness fondly dream”. What do you think?

Lyrics: Joseph Hart
Music: William Walker

Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love and power.

Refrain:
I will arise and go to Jesus,
He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
O there are ten thousand charms.

Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome,
God’s free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you nigh.

Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better,
You will never come at all.

View Him prostrate in the garden;
On the ground your Maker lies.
On the bloody tree behold Him;
Sinner, will this not suffice?

Lo! th’incarnate God ascended,
Pleads the merit of His blood:
Venture on Him, venture wholly,
Let no other trust intrude.

Let not conscience make you linger,
Not of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requireth
Is to feel your need of Him.

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One Response to “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor And Needy”

  1. Christine says:

    It is an interesting mystery.
    There’s a version edited with Chinese sources. It is “I Have Forsaken All to Jesus” (#431 in 頌主新歌). I have this rendition sung in my CD album.
    But, according the information in the Baptist Hymnal for this hymn (Come, Ye…), The author is Joseph Hart, 1712-1768 (Refrain, Anonymous) and the music is from Walker’s Southern Harmony, 1835. The tune name is RESTORATION. Robert J. Morgan’s Then Sings My Soul (book 2) refers as American Melody.
    So, not likely, this is from China originally even the tune is a pentatonic minor, which is the main melody structure for Chinese folk music (like 小敏’s music) I have asked my seminary music theory professor the same question 25 years ago. : )
    Do you have Morgan’s books? If you like, I can provide some good information from his book.

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