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Come to Jesus

Representative Text

1 Was there ever kindest shepherd
Half so gentle, half so sweet,
As the Saviour who would have us
Come and gather round His feet?
It is God; His love looks mighty,
But is mightier than it seems:
'Tis our Father, and His kindness
Goes out far beyond our dreams.

2 There's a wideness in God's mercy,
Like the wideness of the sea;
There's a kindness in His justice,
Which is more that liberty.
There is welcome for the sinner,
And more graces for the good;
There is mercy with the Saviour,
There is healing in His blood:

3 For the love of God is broader
Than the measures of man's mind,
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind:
But we make His love too narrow
By false limits of our own,
And we magnify His strictness
With a zeal He will not own.

4 There is plentiful redemption
In the blood that has been shed;
There is joy for all the members
In the sorrows of the Head.
If our love were but more simple,
We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would be all sunshine
In the sweetness of our Lord.

Amen.

The Hymnal: Published by the authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1895

Author: Frederick W. Faber

Faber, Frederick William, D.D., son of Mr. T. H. Faber, was born at Calverley Vicarage, Yorkshire, June 28, 1814, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1836. He was for some time a Fellow of University College, in the same University. Taking Holy Orders in 1837, he became Rector of Elton, Huntingdonshire, in 1843, but in 1846 he seceded to the Church of Rome. After residing for some time at St. Wilfrid's, Staffordshire, he went to London in 1849, and established the London "Oratorians," or, "Priests of the Congregation of St. Philip Neri," in King William Street, Strand. In 1854 the Oratory was removed to Brompton. Dr. Faber died Sept. 26, 1863. Before his secession he published several prose works, some of which were… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Was there ever kindest shepherd
Title: Come to Jesus
Author: Frederick W. Faber (1854)
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Language: English

Tune

ILSLEY


BETHANY (Smart)

BETHANY, named after the village near Jerusalem, is a suitably dramatic tune for the song text. It was composed by Henry Smart (b. Marylebone, London, England, 1813; d. Hampstead, London, 1879), a capable composer of church music who wrote some very fine hymn tunes (REGENT SQUARE, 354, is the best-k…

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CROSS OF JESUS (Stainer)


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Alleluia #50

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Alleluia #50

Christian Hymnal #d519

Christian Song #d366

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Common Praise #284

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Hymns of the Church #302a

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Hymns of the Church #302b

Pilgrim Songs No.2 #d289

Songs of Praise and Prayer #d327

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Songs of Praise and Prayer #202

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Songs of the Covenant #299

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The Aid to Praise #118

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The Chapel Hymnal #205

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The Chapel Hymnal #205

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The Church Hymnary #541a

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The Church Hymnary #541b

The Haverford School Hymnal #d339

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The Hymnal #435

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The Hymnal #438

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The Hymnal #435

The Methodist Protestant Church Hymnal #d486

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The New Canadian Hymnal #392

The Oxford American Hymnal for Schools and Colleges #d365

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The Pilgrim Hymnal #40

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The Pilgrim Hymnal #44

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The School Hymnal #107

The St. Alban Hymnal #d472

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The Sunday School Hymnal #41

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The Sunday School Hymnal #130

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The Sunday School Hymnal #130

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The Westminster Hymnal for congregational and social use and for the Sunday School #131

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