Come Ye Sinners (Hymn)

Come Ye Sinners
Joseph Hart (1759)

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 Saviour,
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.

Refrain

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

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

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

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

Refrain

I came across this hymn in a book I was reading a couple of years ago, and it has since become one of my favorites.  Joseph Hart was the son of a preacher, but became, in his own words, “a monstrous sinner.”  But he eventually came to the Lord, became a preacher himself, and penned the beautiful words to this hymn.  “Come, ye sinners, poor and needy… I will arise and go to Jesus.”  That is the essence of salvation and it is the essence of our lives as Christians.

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