Come, Ye Disconsolate
October 1, 2008, 11:27 pm
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Lyrics by Thomas Moore. I used this during worship at youth group because I feel the last line in each stanza is a wonderful reminder to those in pain and sorrow. I do not interpret this to mean, “Heaven is our ‘way out.’ So, just hold on, wait for death, and everything will get better (as if death was not the enemy but a friend).” I find that view to stand firmly against Christian teaching. But I do believe that the One in heaven knows our pain and sorrow, and there is nothing he cannot cure.

Come, ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish,
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
“Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot cure.”

Here see the Bread of Life, see waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heaven can remove.


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Hey Evan,
It’s funny you mention this hymn. I just read a post off Abraham Piper’s blog a little while ago that talked about this hymn. Abraham and his wife had a stillborn baby, and they have blogged about how God has carried them through this by His grace. “Come Ye Disconsolate” was put to a new tune by one of their friends and played at their daughter’s funeral.
You can listen to the new tune here:

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