Singing through the Year: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” one of the most loved hymns today, was written in the mid-1700s by the British pastor, Robert Robinson. Apparently he had rejected God as a young man, but, after being converted, wrote this text as his own prayer to be conformed to Christ. While it’s unclear who wrote the tune, it was first published in 1813 in an American hymnal.

There are many (many!) wonderful renditions of this hymn. Two good ones to start with are these solos by Sufjan Stevens and Chris Rice.

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

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 God’s unchanging love!

Here I raise my Ebenezer,
Hither by Thy help I’m 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 that grace now, 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.

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Singing through the Year features a hymn related to next Sunday’s lectionary readings. Each hymn will be sung at the Presbyterian church where I am the organist.