#117 Come unto Jesus

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1. Come unto Jesus, ye heavy laden,
Careworn and fainting, by sin oppressed.
He’ll safely guide you unto that haven
Where all who trust him may rest.

2. Come unto Jesus; He’ll ever heed you,
Though in the darkness you’ve gone astray.
His love will find you and gently lead you
From darkest night into day.

3. Come unto Jesus; He’ll surely hear you,
If you in meekness plead for his love.
Oh, know you not that angels are near you
From brightest mansions above?

4. Come unto Jesus from ev’ry nation,
From ev’ry land and isle of the sea.
Unto the high and lowly in station,
Ever he calls, “Come to me.”

Text and music: Orson Pratt Huish, 1851-1932
-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Orson Pratt Huish (September 5, 1851 – December 4, 1932) was a Latter Day Saint hymnwriter. He wrote the words and music to “Come Unto Jesus”, as well as a few other hymns found in the 1985 English edition of the hymnal of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[1] His hymns have been widely sung by many choirs in many locations.

Huish wrote a total of more than 300 songs, most of which are unpublished. In the 1948 LDS Church hymnal three of his works were included. These were “Come Unto Jesus”,[8] “Jesus, My Savior True, Guide Me to Thee” and “Utah, the Queen of the West”. In the 1985 English hymnal only the first two of these hymns were retained. However, the hymn “Come All Ye Sons Of God” (hymn #322) has music by Huish and was in both the 1948 and 1985 hymnals.[9]

Other noted works by Huish are the Payson High School song, “The Silver and Green” and the funeral hymn, “Blessed Are the Dead”.

Huish’s music remains widely available, both on its own and in medlies.[10]