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Come, thou high and lofty Lord

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Part the Second

1 Come, thou high and lofty Lord:
Lowly, meek, incarnate word;
Humbly stoop to earth again;
Come, and visit abject man!
Jesu, dear expected guest,
Thou art bidden to the feast:
For thyself our hearts prepare!
Come, and sit, and banquet there.

2 Jesu, we thy promise claim:
We are met in thy great name;
In the midst do thou appear,
Manifest thy presence here:
Sanctify us, Lord, and bless:
Breathe thy Spirit, give thy peace:
Though thyself within us move;
Make our feast a feast of love.

3 Let the fruits of grace abound;
Let in us thy bowels sound;
Faith, and love, and joy increase,
Temperance and gentleness;
Plant in us thy humble mind,
Patient, pitiful, and kind:
Meek and lowly let us be,
Full of goodness, full of thee.

4 Make us all in thee complete:
Make us all for glory meet;
Meet t' appear before thy sight,
Partners with the saints in light:
Call, O call us each by name!
To the marriage of the Lamb:
Let us lean upon thy breast!
Love be there our endless feast!

Source: A Pocket Hymn Book: designed as a constant companion for the pious, collected from various authors (9th ed.) #CXCVII

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: Come, thou high and lofty Lord
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Come, and let us sweetly join. C. Wesley. [Church Gatherings.] This poem of 22 double stanzas, divided into five parts, was given in Pt. ii. of J. & C. Wesley's Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1740, and headed "The Love Feast." The five parts were subsequently used as separate hymns, as follows:—
1. Come, and let us sweetly join. This was given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 505, and has been repeated in most collections of the Methodist body.
2. Come, Thou High and Lofty One. This was included in Toplady's Psalms and Hymns, 1776, and in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 506 (ed. 1875, No. 520), and has passed into various collections. From it the centos (1) "Jesu, we the promise claim"; sometimes, "Jesus, we Thy promise claim," was given in Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833; and is found in modern hymnals, including Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872; and (2) "In the midst do Thou appear," as in Dr. Martineau's Hymns, &c, 1840, and his Hymns of Praise & Prayer, 1873.
3. Let us join, 'tis God commands. This is No. 507 in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, and No. 521 in the revised edition, 1875. It has also passed into other collections, as the Baptist Hymnal, 1879, &c.
4. Partners of a glorious hope. No. 508 in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, and 522 in the revised edition 1875, and other collections.
5. Father, hail, by all adored. No. 509 in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, and 523, 1875.
In addition to the above there are three centos in common use all beginning, "Come, and let us sweetly join," and each being distinct in itself. These are (1) Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, No. 738; (2) New Congregational Supplement, 1869; and (3) Kennedy, 1863. The original texts of all these parts and centos are in the Wesleyan Hymn Book as above, and the Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. i. p. 350.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d148

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d149

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #d148

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A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #878

A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in America #d83

A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. with a Supplement #d103

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A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church #420b

A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d105

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the People Called Methodists, with a Supplement #520

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #462

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A Collection of Hymns #420b

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A Collection of Hymns #517

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #155a

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A Pocket hymn book, designed as a constant companion for the pious #CXCVII

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A Pocket Hymn Book #CXCVII

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A Pocket hymn-book, designed as a constant companion for the pious #CXCVII

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A Pocket Hymn-book #197

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A Pocket Hymn-Book #CXCVII

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A Selection of Hymns for Worship (2nd ed.) #314

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African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book #457

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #431

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #431

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Hymnal Adapted to the Doctrines and Usages of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Revised Edition #457

Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Impr. ed. #d101

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Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #719

Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #d137

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Methodist Hymn-Book #766

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New Hymn and Tune book #341b

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New Hymn and Tune Book #341b

Pocket Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d56

Pocket Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d57

Pocket Hymn Book, Designed as a Constant Companion. 25th ed. #d57

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Precious Gems No. l #81

The African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymn Book #d87

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The African Methodist Episcopal Hymn and Tune Book #457

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The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs" #1207

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The Heart and Voice #311a

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The Hymn Book of the Free Methodist Church #255

The Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 35th ed. #d57

The Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. Rev. #d59

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The Methodist Pocket Hymn-book, revised and improved #CCXXVIII

The Spiritual Songster. lst ed. #d32

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