Lyrics: Horatius Bonar, 1846.
Music: VOX DILECTI by John Dykes, 1868.
KINGSFOLD from a folk melody arranged by Ralph Vaughn Williams.
THere are also three more alternate tunes for this hymn at Hymn Time, none of which I recognize. I prefer the Vaughn WIlliams version.
Theme: Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-20
I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto Me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down Thy head upon My breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was, weary and worn and sad;
I found in Him a resting place, and He has made me glad.
I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one, stoop down, and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in Him.
I heard the voice of Jesus say, “I am this dark world’s Light;
Look unto Me, thy morn shall rise, and all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found in Him my Star, my Sun;
And in that light of life I’ll walk, till traveling days are done.
I heard the voice of Jesus say, “My Father’s house above
Has many mansions; I’ve a place prepared for you in love.”
I trust in Jesus—in that house, according to His word,
Redeemed by grace, my soul shall live forever with the Lord.
Horatius Bonar was known as the Prince of Scottish Hymn Writers. He wrote more than 600 hymns.
This hymn was the first one on Brown Bear Daughter’s top ten list.
The boy soprano in this video is Anthony Way, and he’s singing this hymn to the Vaughan Williams tune.
Rabbit trailing furiously, I noticed that young Mr. Way, according to Wikipedia, “has . . . starred as Tom Long in 2000′s film version of Tom’s Midnight Garden. Ummm, in case you didn’t know, Tom’s Midnight Garden by Phillippa Pearce is a fine fantasy classic. I haven’t seen the movie.