#23 Come, We That Love the Lord


(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

This hymn is a very familiar hymn. If asked to give a good example of a common hymn, this could be it (though it might not be an example of a “true hymn”, per the musical experts). It has a straight message, encouraging, evokes Biblical images, with a rousing, rejoicing unison of lyric and music.


Come, we that love the Lord

And let our joys be known;

Join in a song with sweet accord,

and thus surround the throne.


Let those refuse to sing

Who never knew our God;

But children of the heav’nly King

May speak their joys abroad.


The hill of Zion yields

A thousand sacred sweets

Before we reach the heav’nly fields

or walk the golden streets


Then let our songs abound

And evr’y tear be dry;

We’re marching thru Emmanuel’s ground

To fairer worlds on high.


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