This week’s musical offering is Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, played by guitarist Paul Loether, son in law of Bill and Helen Chatman. This is an original arrangement played multo fako (finger style) of the American folk tune Nettleton. Although we don’t know the original composer of this tune, it first appeared in a collection in 1813. The words of this hymn are by Robert Robinson, a British born Baptist, who wrote this at age 22. The hymn appears below.
After this week of power outages and stress, I hope you will find this beautiful melody comforting and peaceful and we sincerely thank Paul for sharing his talents with us.
1. 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! O fix me on it,
mount of God’s unchanging love.
2. Here I find my greatest treasure;
hither by thy 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.
3. Oh, 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, oh, take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.