Jesus, I Come

Words:9.8.9.6.9.9.9.6 • William T. Sleeper (1887), alt.
Music:George C. Stebbins (1887)

Words

1.

Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,
  Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy freedom, gladness and light,
  Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of my sickness into Thy health,
Out of my want and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself,
  Jesus, I come to Thee.

2.

Out of my shameful failure and loss,
  Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross,
  Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of earth’s sorrows, into Thy balm,
Out of life’s storms and into Thy calm,
Out of distress to jubilant psalm,
  Jesus, I come to Thee.

3.

Out of unrest and arrogant pride,
  Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy blessed will to abide,
  Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,
Out of despair to raptures above,
Peace for this restless, wandering dove,
  Jesus, I come to Thee.

4.

Out of the fear and dread of the tomb,
  Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into the joy and light of Thy home,
  Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of the depths of ruin untold,
Into Thy peaceful, sheltering fold,
Ever Thy glorious face to behold,
  Jesus, I come to Thee.

Compared to Hymnals

The most notable differences between our version and the one which may appear in your hymnal are:

  • We have adjusted the original wording to keep the meter regular.
  • In vs 3, we have altered “Upward for aye on wings of a dove” to “Peace for this restless, wandering dove” to add more depth to the thought of the stanza (alluding to Gen 8:8-12).
  No. Words Music
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs 839 Lacks vs 3;
Uses original wording with irregular meter
Identical
Songs of Faith and Praise n/a
Praise for the Lord 529 Uses original wording with irregular meter;
Uses original “Upward for aye on wings of a dove”
Tenor ends on SOL
Hymns for Worship (Revised) 321 Lacks vs 3;
Uses original wording with irregular meter;
Adds amen
Identical
Songs of the Church 689 Uses original wording with irregular meter;
Uses original “Upward for aye on wings of a dove”
Identical
Sacred Selections 603 Uses original wording with irregular meter;
Uses original “Upward for aye on wings of a dove”;
Adds amen
Adds amen
Christian Hymns No. 2 121 Lacks vs 3;
Uses original wording with irregular meter
Adds optional SOL for tenor at ends of phrases
Great Songs of the Church No. 2 188 Uses original wording with irregular meter;
Uses original “Upward for aye on wings of a dove”
Identical

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Through [Jesus] let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.
— Hebrews 13:15