Come O Thou Traveler

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piano/SATB - words by Isaac Watts - music "Vernon" from the Sacred Harp - arr. Peter Amidon

This is in the Amidons "Fifty-five Anthems for the Small Church Choir". The soloist is Nathan Morrison. This was arranged for the great English singer Dr. Tony Barrand who learned the melody and text from "Vernon" in the Sacred Harp. The text is by Isaac Watts.

Come O Thou Traveler
by Isaac Watts

Come, O Thou Traveler unknown,
Whom still I hold but cannot see;
My company before is gone,
And I am left alone with Thee;
With Thee all night I mean to stay,
And wrestle till the break of day. 

In vain Thou strugglest to get free;
I never will unloose my hold;
Art Thou the Man that died for me?
The secret of Thy love unfold;
Wrestling, I will not let Thee go,
Till I Thy name, Thy nature know.

Yield to me now, for I am weak,
But confident in self-despair;
Speak to my heart, in blessings speak,
Be conquered by my instant prayer;
Speak, or Thou never hence shalt move,
And tell me if Thy name be Love.

'Tis Love! 'tis Love! Thou diedst for me,
I hear Thy whisper in my heart;
The morning breaks, the shadows flee:
Pure, universal Love Thou art;
To me, to all Thy mercies move;
Thy nature and Thy name is Love.

Tags: Sacred, Unison/Piano