Come Thou Fount


Description #1: I remember sitting in a motel room in Mississippi, trying to scratch out the idea I had for this arrangement on music paper so that I could present it to the guys at the studio in Iuka, MS. The players were phenomenal, good-ol-boys, who really didn’t need my input. Once I gave them the concept, they were off and running. I loved what they came up with and was determined to be sure I got it right on my end. The timing on this one is a bit unusual, but if you give it some time, I truly believe it will grow on you.



Description #2:  I honestly can’t remember why I was so committed to adding this song to the project. I wish I could, and I’ll have to go back and look at some journals to perhaps uncover the mystery. This hymn dates back to the 18th century.  The composer and I actually have something in common—his father died when he was only eight as well. By the age of fourteen, he was sent to barbering school. Robert Robinson lived a pretty wild and crazy life during his youth. Apparently, at some point, his path crossed that of a gypsy who told him “And you, young man, you will live to see your children and your grandchildren.”

Can you imagine? I bet he was dumbfounded. And pretty excited actually to know he’d live to see his lineage. That experience went deep and caused him to change his life. At one point, he attended a Methodist meeting led by the renowned Evangelist George Whitefield. But he hadn’t gone to get spiritual encouragement. His goal was to attend and make fun of those “poor, deluded Methodists.” It wouldn’t be for another three years before he would experience the Lord and give his life to Christ (December 10. 1755.) He ended up with a call to the ministry and wrote quite a few hymns—one of which being Come Thou Fount. The now Reverend Robinson said it was “a prayer that the Holy Spirit flood into our hearts with his streams of mercy, enabling us to sing God’s praises and remain faithful to Him.”

Legend has that Robinson was once riding in a stagecoach with a lady who was humming his hymn! Not knowing her fellow passenger, she asked him what he thought of the tune she was humming. Apparently, he responded, “Madam, I am the poor unhappy man who wrote that hymn many years ago, and I would give a thousand worlds, if I had them, to enjoy the feelings I had then.” Hmmmm, interesting response, no?


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 Thy unchanging love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer
Hitherto 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.

O 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, O take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above.

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
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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