Come, Come, Ye Saints

Come, come, ye saints, no toil nor labor fear

Author: William Clayton
Tune: ALL IS WELL (White)
Published in 36 hymnals

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1 Come, come, ye saints, no toil nor labor fear;
But with joy wend your way.
Though hard to you this journey may appear,
Grace shall be as your day.
'Tis better far for us to strive
Our useless cares from us to drive;
Do this, and joy your hearts will swell–
All is well! all is well!

2 Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard?
’Tis not so; all is right.
Why should we think to earn a great reward,
If we now shun the fight?
Gird up your loins; fresh courage take;
Our God will never us forsake;
And soon we’ll have this tale to tell–
All is well! all is well!

3 We’ll find the place which God for us prepared,
Far away in the west,
Where none shall come to hurt or make afraid;
There the saints will be blessed.
We’ll make the air with music ring,
Shout praises to our God and King;
Above the rest these words we’ll tell–
All is well! al is well!

4 And should we die before our journey’s through,
Happy day! all is well!
We then are free from toil and sorrow, too;
With the just we shall dwell!
But if our lives are spared again
To see the saints their rest obtain,
O how we’ll make this chorus swell–
All is well! all is well!

Source: The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: official hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church #582

Author: William Clayton

Born: Ju­ly 17, 1814, Pen­worth­am, Lan­ca­shire, Eng­land. Died: De­cem­ber 4, 1879, Salt Lake Ci­ty, Utah. Buried: Salt Lake Ci­ty, Utah. Clayton worked as a miss­ion­a­ry in Eng­land be­fore mov­ing to Amer­i­ca in 1840. He was ci­ty trea­sur­er in Nau­voo, Il­li­nois; clerk of the Nau­voo Tem­ple; mem­ber of the Nau­voo Brass Band; Jo­seph Smith’s pri­vate se­cre­ta­ry un­til 1844; and one of the group that moved to Utah with Mor­mon lead­er Brig­ham Young. He lat­er played se­cond vi­o­lin in the Salt Lake The­a­ter or­ches­tra.  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Come, come, ye saints, no toil nor labor fear
Title: Come, Come, Ye Saints
Author: William Clayton
Language: English
Refrain First Line: All is well, all is well
Copyright: Public Domain



Credited to C. Dingley in Revival Melodies (1842), before appearing in The Sacred Harp (1844), attributed to J.T. White. The editors of The Makers of the Sacred Harp (2010) consider White to be the arranger, not the composer; Dingley is perhaps also just an arranger. —Chris Fenner

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Instances (1 - 11 of 11)

African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #397


Great Songs of the Church (Revised) #128

Hymnal #425

Hymns of the Christian Life #341

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Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints #30

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Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints #326

Praise for the Lord (Expanded Edition) #106


Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #622

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The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal #582


The Cyber Hymnal #984

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The Worshiping Church #595

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