E-Hymn: "Come, Thou Fount"

Robert Robinson (1735-1790), the author of “Come, Thou Fount,” knew what it was to be “prone to wander.” As a teenager, Robinson went to a George Whitefield meeting with the purpose of ridiculing him. Instead, Robinson was converted and later entered the ministry. The text of this great hymn was written when he was only twenty-three years of age while he ministered at the Calvinistic Methodist Church in Norfolk, England. Please read again or for the first time these grace-filled words.

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Here I raise my *Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

O that day when freed from sinning,
I shall see Thy lovely face;
Clothed then in blood washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace;
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,
Take my ransomed soul away;
Send thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless day.

*In 1 Samuel 7:12, Saul erected a stone as a memorial to God which he named “Ebenezer” because, he said, “Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.”

Years later, Robinson began to “wander.” He was out of the ministry. While in this condition, he once sat by a lady in a stagecoach who was humming the hymn, “Come, Thou Fount.” When asked by her what he thought of it, he said, “Madam, I am the unhappy man who wrote that hymn many years ago, and I would give a thousand worlds to enjoy the feelings I had then.” May this remind us that as the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians in 1 Cor. 10:12, “Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” Let us always be ready to raise our “Ebenezer” in recognition that it’s only by God’s help that we’ve come this far. And let us long for “that day when freed from sinning,” we shall see His lovely face and sing of His sovereign grace!
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3 comments

  1. How funny – my boys and I sang this exact song with CyberHymnal just a few hours ago. I love the song and the story behind the writer.

    Scott Lamb

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