Come Ye Souls

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May 16, 2013 by Nate

I love old hymns. That hasn’t always been the case, but now I can’t resist them. They are so rich in scripture, and theology, all while pointing the church continually to Christ. I’m also thankful there have been groups in the last 20 or so years bringing these old hymns back with modern music.

Right now I’m stuck on one, It’s “Come, Ye Souls” by Joseph Swain, and I think it was written in 1792.

Take some time and meditate on these lyrics:

Come, ye souls by sin afflicted,
Bowed with fruitless sorrow down;
By the broken law convicted,
Through the cross behold the crown;
Look to Jesus;
Mercy flows through him alone.

Take his easy yoke and wear it;
Love will make obedience sweet;
Christ will give you strength to bear it,
While his wisdom guides your feet
Safe to glory,
Where his ransomed captives meet.

Blessed are the eyes that see him,
Blest the ears that hear his voice;
Blessed are the souls that trust him,
And in him alone rejoice:
His commandments
Then become their happy choice.

Sweet as home to pilgrim’s weary,
Light to newly opened eyes,
Or full springs in deserts dreary,
Is the rest the cross supplies:
All who taste it
Shall to rest immortal rise.


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