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Come, ye that love the Lord

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1 Come, we that love the Lord,
and let our joys be known;
join in a song with sweet accord,
and thus surround the throne.

2 Let those refuse to sing
who never knew our God;
but children of the heav'nly King
may speak their joys abroad.

3 The hill of Zion yields
a thousand sacred sweets
before we reach the heav'nly fields,
or walk the golden streets.

4 Then let our songs abound,
and ev'ry tear be dry;
we're marching through Emmanuel's ground
to fairer worlds on high.

Source: Hymns to the Living God #18

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >


Come, we [ye] that [who] love the Lord. I. Watts. [Joy and Praise.] First published in his Hymns & Sacred Songs, 1707, and again, 2nd ed., 1709, Bk. ii., No. 30, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Heavenly Joy on Earth." In its original and full form it is rarely found in modern collections, the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859, No. 693, and the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858-80, being exceptions with the alteration of stanza iii., line 3, of "fav'rites" to "children." It has undergone many alterations and revisions. Of these the principal are:— 1. "Come ye that love the Lord." This was given by J. Wesley in his Psalms & Hymns, published at Charlestown, U. S., 1736-7, during his stay in Georgia. In this form stanzas ii. and ix. are omitted, and the rest are considerably altered. After slight revision this text was repeated by Wesley in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, and is in the revised edition, 1875, and in most collections of the Methodist communion. 2. "Come ye who love the Lord." This reading of the first line was given by Cotterill in the 8th ed. of his Selection, 1819, and is followed in Hymnal Companion and others. The different arrangement of stanzas, and the variations in the text which have been adopted by the numerous editors who have used it in one form or another may be counted by the hundred. The example set by Wesley in 1736, was followed by Whitefield, 1753; Madan, 1760; Conyers, 1772; Toplady, 1776, and onwards to the latest modern collection. No text can, as a rule, be relied upon. The original is easy to obtain in modern editions of Watts. The hymn, as a whole, is regarded as a good specimen of Watts's powers. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


[Come, we that love the Lord] (Lowry)

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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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #524
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The Cyber Hymnal #4165
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The United Methodist Hymnal #732
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Worship and Rejoice #67
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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #525TextAudioPage Scan
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Hymnal: A Worship Book #14
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #487a
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #487b
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #422
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #221
Sing Joyfully #136TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #5040Audio
Songs of Zion #3
The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: official hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church #648
The Baptist Hymnal: for use in the church and home #350
The Christian Harmony: in the seven-syllable character note system of music;... 2010 Revised Edition #51
The Colored Sacred Harp, Third Revised edition #45
The Cyber Hymnal #4165TextScoreAudio
The Greenwood Harmony (2nd ed.) #12B
The Liturgical Harp: a tunebook that brings together shapenote ensembles and church choirs #16
The New Harp of Columbia, Restored Edition #12
The New National Baptist Hymnal #22
The New National Baptist Hymnal #256
The Sacred Harp (Rev. Cooper Ed.) #31b
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Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems #52b
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Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #714TextPage Scan
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Rejoice Hymns #436
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Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #12Text
With One Voice #742Text
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #706Text
Rejoice in the Lord #575Text
Rejoice in the Lord #576Text
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The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #577
Rejoice Hymns #621
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This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #135TextPage Scan
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The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #555TextPage Scan
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