Come Unto Me Hymn History
The author of this hymn is an African American minister, Charles P Jones. The date of the creation of this hymn is unknown.
The song is based on Matthew 11:28, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." It is a song that encourages all who burdened by this life to come to Jesus Christ for rest.
Charles Price Jones was born in 1865 the year the United States Constitution was amended to outlaw slavery. While African Americans appreciated the freedom it also meant they faced a lot of hardships as they adjusted to their newly found freedom. Prejudice and poverty still ravaged African American communities.
Jones was raised as a Baptist in rural Georgia. He studied for the ministry at Arkansas Baptist College starting in 1887 and served as a minister in Little Rock, Pope Creek, and Searcy before he moved to Alabama.
He later became a bishop of a newly formed Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A. after being thrown out from his church for his beliefs in the Holiness movement and abstinence.
His holiness and abstinences beliefs led him to become a songwriter who wrote thousands of songs
|Charles P Jones|
Come Unto Me Hymn Lyrics
Hear the blessed Savior calling the oppressed,
“Oh, ye heavy-laden, come to Me and rest;
Come, no longer tarry, I your load will bear,
Bring Me every burden, bring Me every care.”
Come unto Me, I will give you rest;
Take My yoke upon you, hear Me and be blest;
I am meek and lowly, come and trust My might;
Come, My yoke is easy, and My burden’s light.
Are you disappointed, wand’ring here and there,
Dragging chains of doubt and loaded down with care?
Do unholy feelings struggle in your breast?
Bring your case to Jesus—He will give you rest.
Stumbling on the mountains dark with sin and shame,
Stumbling toward the pit of hell’s consuming flame;
By the pow’rs of sin deluded and oppressed,
Hear the tender Shepherd, “Come to Me and rest.”
Have you by temptation often conquered been,
Has a sense of weakness brought distress within?
Christ will sanctify you, if you’ll claim His best;
In the Holy Spirit, He will give you rest.
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Come Unto Me Video
In the video below the Booth Brothers are singing this song.