- (Posted 2017-08-26) CPDL #46073:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-08-26). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 49 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1805. All five stanzas of Hart's hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
- (Posted 2017-08-26) CPDL #46072:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-08-26). Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 41 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). All five stanzas of Hart's hymn included.
First Line: Come, ye Christians, sing the praises
Composer: Jeremiah Ingalls
Lyricist: Joseph Hart
Number of voices: 3vv Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred Meter: 87. 87. D
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1805 in Ingalls' The Christian Harmony, pp. 127-128, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass
Description: Words by Joseph Hart, 1759, with five stanzas.
Original text and translations
1. Come, ye Christians, sing the praises
Of your condescending God;
Come, and hymn the blessed Jesus,
Who hath washed us in his blood.
We are poor, and weak, and silly,
And to every evil prone:
Yet our Jesus loves us freely,
And receives us for his own.
2. Though we're mean in man's opinion.
He hath made us priests and kings;
Power, and glory, and dominion,
To the Lamb, the sinner sings,
Leprous souls, unsound and filthy,
Come before him as you are;
'Tis the sick man, not the healthy.
Needs the good Physician's care.
3. Hear the terms that never vary:
'To repent and to believe,'
Both of these are necessary;
Both from Jesus we receive.
Would-be Christian, duly ponder
These in thine impartial mind,
And let no man put asunder,
What the Lord has wisely joined.
4. O! beware of fondly thinking
God accepts thee for thy tears;
Are the shipwrecked saved by sinking?
Can the ruined rise by fears?
O! I beware of trust ill-grounded;
Tis but fancied faith at most,
To be cured and not be wounded;
To be saved before you're lost.
5. No big words of ready talkers,
No dry doctrine will suffice;
Broken hearts, and humble walkers.
These are dear in Jesus' eyes.
Tinkling sounds of disputation.
Naked knowledge, all are vain;
Every soul that gains salvation.
Must and shall be born again.