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All Things Are Ready

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1 "All things are ready," come,
Come to the supper spread;
Come, rich and poor, come, old and young,
Come, and be richly fed.

2 "All things are ready," come,
The invitation's given,
Through Him who now in glory sits
At God's right hand in heaven.

3 "All things are ready," come,
The door is open wide;
O feast upon the love of God,
For Christ, His Son, has died.

4 "All things are ready," come,
Tomorrow may not be;
O sinner, come, the Saviour waits
This hour to welcome thee.

Source: The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: official hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church #344

Author: Albert Midlane

Midlane, Albert, was born at Newport, Isle of Wight, Jan. 23, 1825, and was engaged in business in that town for many years. To his Sunday school teacher he ascribes the honour of prompting him to poetic efforts: and the same teacher did much to shape his early life. His first printed hymn, "Hark! in the presence of our God," was written in September, 1842, at Carisbrooke Castle, and printed in the Youth’s Magazine in November of the same year. Since then he has written over 300, and of these a large proportion are in common use. They appeared in magazines and small mission hymn-books, including:— (1) The Youth's Magazine; (2) The British Messenger; (3) The London Messenger; (4) Trotter's Evangelical Hymn Book, 1860; (5) The Ambassador… Go to person page >

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First Line: All things are ready, Come, Come to the supper spread
Title: All Things Are Ready
Author: Albert Midlane
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


All things are ready, Come. A. Midlane. [Invitation.] Written in July, 1860, and first published in The Ambassador's Hymn Book, 1861, No. 49, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, S.M., from whence it has passed into numerous collections both in Great Britain and America. It ranks with the most popular of the author's productions. Original text in Spurgeon's 0ur Own Hymn Book, 1866, No. 504.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



LEBANON (Zundel)

ST. THOMAS (Williams)

ST. THOMAS is actually lines 5 through 8 of the sixteen-line tune HOLBORN, composed by Aaron Williams (b. London, England, 1731; d. London, 1776) and published in his Collection (1763, 1765) as a setting for Charles Wesley's text "Soldiers of Christ, Arise" (570). The harmonization is by Lowell Maso…

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