Hymn – I Heard the voice of Jesus Say
My goal is to put up one or two old hymns every month. Music paired with true words are healing to the soul. I hope they are an encouragement to you.
Horatius Bonar, a clergyman from Scotland, wrote this hymn in the 1800s. It has been sung to several tunes, but my favorite is an English folk tune called “Kingsfold” which was paired with the words around 1900.
You will find the music and words below so we can sing together.
I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto Me, and rest.
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down, Thy head upon My breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was, Weary and worn and sad.
I found in Him a resting place, and He has made me glad.
I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Behold, I freely give
The living water thirsty one, stoop down, and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank, of that life giving stream.
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in Him.
I heard the voice of Jesus say, “I am this dark world’s Light.
Look unto Me, thy morn shall rise, And all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found in Him my Star, my Sun,
and in that Light of life I’ll walk, ‘Till trav’lling days are done.
“To be entitled to use Another’s name when my own name is worthless,
To be allowed to wear Another’s raiment because my own is torn and filthy.
To appear before God in Another’s person – the person of the beloved Son –
This is the summit of all blessing.”
Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
For further study:
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12