Tuesday Hymns: “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Wretched”

Joseph Hart was an eighteenth century pastor whose life ran the gamut from legalist, to antinomian, before finally experiencing true conversion, resting in the sovereign grace of God. His most well known hymn is our Tuesday Hymn for this week, Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Wretched. It plainly speaks of the Gospel Truth that one’s salvation rests totally on the finished work of Christ, offered through His grace and received by faith. In hymn books, it is usually connected to the tune, BRYN CALDARIA, or CAERSALEM, although the message is so timeless, modern arrangements by groups such as Indelible Grace have become well known to many worshippers.

Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity joined with pow’r:
He is able,
He is able,
He is able,
He is willing; doubt no more.

Come, ye needy, come and welcome,
God’s free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Ev’ry grace that brings you nigh,
Without money,
Without money,
Without money,
Come to Jesus Christ and buy.

Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
Bruised and broken by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better,
You will never come at all:
Not the righteous,
Not the righteous,
Not the righteous,
Sinners Jesus came to call.

Let not conscience make you linger,
Nor of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness he requireth
Is to feel your need of him;
This he gives you,
This he gives you,
This he gives you;
‘Tis the Spirit’s rising beam.

Lo! th’incarnate God, ascended,
Pleads the merit of his blood;
Venture on him, venture wholly,
Let no other trust intrude:
None but Jesus,
None but Jesus,
None but Jesus
Can do helpless sinners good.

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2 Comments

  1. rcottrill said,

    May 24, 2010 at 8:27 AM

    Thanks for posting Joseph Hart’s fine hymn. Today is the 242nd anniversary of his death, but the message of his song is still relevant, as you point out.

    • cliftonr said,

      May 24, 2010 at 10:14 AM

      We sang this hymn last night at our evening worship service and every time I get to the last verse, I am once again amazed at God’s grace poured out for me in Christ:

      Lo! th’incarnate God, ascended,
      Pleads the merit of his blood;
      Venture on him, venture wholly,
      Let no other trust intrude:
      None but Jesus,
      None but Jesus,
      None but Jesus
      Can do helpless sinners good.


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