Come, ye followers of the Lord, In Jesus' service join

Come, ye followers of the Lord, In Jesus' service join

Author: Charles Wesley; Alterer: W. S.; Alterer: H. B.
Published in 21 hymnals

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, the son of Samuel Wesley, was born at Epworth, Dec. 18, 1707. He was educated at Westminster School and afterwards at Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated M.A. In 1735, he took Orders and immediately proceeded with his brother John to Georgia, both being employed as missionaries of the S.P.G. He returned to England in 1736. For many years he engaged with his brother in preaching the Gospel. He died March 29, 1788. To Charles Wesley has been justly assigned the appellation of the "Bard of Methodism." His prominence in hymn writing may be judged from the fact that in the "Wesleyan Hymn Book," 623 of the 770 hymns were written by him; and he published more than thirty poetical works, written either by himself alone,… Go to person page >

Alterer: W. S.

Sanders, William, a Primitive Methodist minister, who was alive in 1881, but concerning whom we have no later information, left the home connexion after some years of labour, and undertook pastoral duty at Pottsville, U.S.A., in 1838. In the early days of the Primitive Methodist movement Sanders assisted H. Bourne (p. 165, i.) in compiling the hymn-books for the use of the Connexion. In hymn-writing they often worked together, and numerous hymns in the old collections of the denomination are signed jointly as, "H. B. & W. S.," and again as “W. S. & H. B." In the Primitive Methodist Hymnal of 1887 the following hymns are by him from the Collection of Hymns for Camp Meetings, &c, 1821, in which they are signed "W. S.":— 1. Behold, what… Go to person page >

Alterer: H. B.

Bourne, Hugh, the principal founder of the Primitive Methodist Society, and the editor of their first hymn-books, was born at Fordhays, Stoke-on-Trent, April 3, 1772. His father, Joseph Bourne, a person in humble circumstances, was a member of the Church of England, whilst his mother belonged to the Wesleyan Society. His education, for his circumstances, was fairly good; and by earnest application to study he acquired some knowledge of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. His mind was of a strongly devotional cast, and the Methodist movement of those days had such attractions for him that he joined himself thereto in 1709. The following year he went to reside near the Mow Cop Colliery, near Burslem, where he had secured an engagement. There, with two… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Come, ye followers of the Lord, In Jesus' service join
Author: Charles Wesley
Alterer: W. S.
Alterer: H. B.

Notes

Come, ye followers of the Lord. C. Wesley. [Prayer.] One of six hymns which were first published in 1745, at the end of a Tract entitled, A Short View of the Difference between the Moravian Brethren lately in England, and the Rev. Mr. John & Charles Wesley. It was also given in Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1749, vol. ii., No. 28, in 6 stanzas of 8 lines. When included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No 286, the last stanza was omitted. In this form it is found in several collections. Original text in Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 177.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Instances

Instances (21)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
A Collection of Hymns Adapted to the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d106
A Collection of Hymns: for camp meetings, revivals, &c., for the use of the Primitive Methodists #L284Image
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #d151
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d151
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d152
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #915Image
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church: principally from the collection of Rev. John Wesley, M. A., late fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford; with... (Rev. & corr.) #171Image
A Collection of Hymns: for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church, principally from the collection of the Rev. John Wesley, A. M., late fellow of Lincoln College..(Rev. and corr. with a supplement) #171Image
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church: Principally from the Collection of the Rev. John Wesley. M. A. #171Image
A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. with a Supplement #d106
A Collection of Hymns: for the use of the people called Methodists; in miniature #294Image
A Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the People Called Methodists, with a Supplement #295Image
A Selection of Hymns from Various Authors, Designed as a Supplement to the Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 3rd ed. #d46
A Selection of Hymns ... Supplement to the Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 1st ed #d44
Hymn Book of the Holiness Movement Church #d84
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #389Image
Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #389Image
Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #d141
Methodist Hymn-Book #413Image
The Hymn Book of the Free Methodist Church #513Image
The Sacred Lyre #d65