“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30, ESV).
Ah! my heart is heavy laden,
Weary and oppressed.
Come to me, saith One, and coming,
Be at rest.
Hath he marks to lead me to him,
If he be my guide?
In his feet and hands are wound-prints,
And his side.
Is there diadem, as monarch,
That his brow adorns?
Yes, a crown in very surety,
But of thorns!
If I find him, if I follow,
What’s my portion here?
Many a sorrow, many a conflict,
Many a tear.
If I still hold closely to him,
What have I at last?
Sorrow vanquished, labor ended,
If I ask him to receive me,
Will he say me nay?
Not till earth and not till heaven
Original Author – Stephen of Mar Sabas (725-794); also titled as Stephen the Sabaite.
Translation Author – John Mason Neale (1818-1866)
Composer – No information available.
Hymn Book Purchase
The Hymns Of Dawn (hymn book) can be purchased here:
The Chicago Bible Students Online Bookstore: https://chicagobible.org/product-category/books/page/4/
The Dawn Bible Students Association: http://www.dawnbible.com/dawnpub.htm
Acknowledgment & References
Br. Charles Taze Russell—the founder of the Bible Students movement, who is the compiler of “Poems and Hymns of Millennial Dawn” which was published in Allegheny, Pa., U.S.A. in 1890. This Bible Students’ devotional contained a total of 151 poems and 333 hymns.
Later on, the hymns from this book formed a basis for the hymnal titled “Hymns of Dawn” which was published by the Dawn Bible Students Association in East Rutherford, New Jersey (USA) and the 1999 edition contains a total of 361 hymns.