Just as I Am, Without One Plea

Full Text

1 Just as I am, without one plea,
but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidd'st me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

2 Just as I am, and waiting not
to rid my soul of one dark blot,
to thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

3 Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

4 Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Psalter Hymnal, (Gray)

Author: Charlotte Elliott

Elliott, Charlotte, daughter of Charles Elliott, of Clapham and Brighton, and granddaughter of the Rev. H. Venn, of Huddersfield, was born March 18, 1789. The first 32 years of her life were spent mostly at Clapham. In 1823 she removed to Brighton, and died there Sept. 22, 1871. To her acquaintance with Dr. C. Malan, of Geneva, is attributed much of the deep spiritual-mindedness which is so prominent in her hymns. Though weak and feeble in body, she possessed a strong imagination, and a well-cultured and intellectual mind. Her love of poetry and music was great, and is reflected in her verse. Her hymns number about 150, a large percentage of which are in common use. The finest and most widely known of these are, "Just as I am” and "My God… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Just as I am, without one plea
Title: Just as I Am, Without One Plea
Author: Charlotte Elliott
Meter: 8.8.8.6
Language: English
Liturgical Uses: Confession Songs, Communion Songs

Notes

Scripture References:
all st. = John 6:37

At the age of 32, Charlotte Elliott (b. Clapham, London, England, 1789; d. Brighton, East Sussex, England, 1871) suffered a serious illness that left her a semi-invalid for the rest of her life. Within a year she went through a spiritual crisis and confessed to the Swiss evangelist Henri A. Cesar Malan (PHH 288) that she did not know how to come to Christ. He answered, "Come to him just as you are." Thinking back on that experience twelve years later, in 1834, she wrote “Just as I Am" as a statement of her faith.

Hymn writing provided a way for Elliot to cope with her pain and depression – she wrote approximately 150 hymns, which were published in her Invalid's Hymn Book (several editions, 1834-1854), Hymns for a Week (1839), and Thoughts in Verse on Sacred Subjects (1869). Many of her hymns reflect her chronic pain and illness but also reveal that faith gave her perseverance and hope.

“Just as I Am" was first published in the 1836 edition of Invalid's Hymn Book with the subheading "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37). She added a seventh stanza that same year, when the hymn was also published in her Hours of Sorrow Cheered and Comforted (1836). The Psalter Hymnal prints the four most common stanzas. Widely translated, this hymn has brought consolation to millions.

Liturgical Use:
Service of confession and forgiveness; in response to preaching; for the Lord's Supper; in evangelistic services as a hymn of invitation.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

==========================

Just as I am, without one plea. Charlotte Elliott. [The Lamb of God.] Written for and first published in the Invalid's Hymn Book, 1836, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed with the text, "Him that cometh unto Me, I will in no wise cast out." During the same year it also appeared in Miss Elliott's Hours of Sorrow Cheered and Comforted, with the additional stanza, "Just as I am, of that free love," &c. From this last work the hymn has been transferred to almost every Hymn published in English-speaking countries during the past fifty years. It has been translated into almost every European language, and into the languages of many distant lands. The testimony of Miss Elliott's brother (the Rev. H. V. Elliott, editor of Psalms and Hymns, 1835) to the great results arising from this one hymn, is very touching. He says:—

"In the course of a long ministry, I hope I have been permitted to see some fruit of my labours; but I feel far more has been done by a single hymn of my sister's."

The text of this hymn is usually given in full, and without alteration, as in Church Hymns, 1871, No. 408. It ranks with the finest hymns in the English language. Its success has given rise to many imitations, the best of which is R. S. Cook's "Just as thou art, without one trace." A Latin rendering, "Ut ego sum! nee alia ratione utens," by R. Bingham, is given in his Hymnologia Christiana Latina 1871, and a second by H. M. Macgill, in his Songs of the Christian Creed and Life, 1876, as, "Tibi, qualis sum, O Christe!"

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

===============

Just as I am, without one plea, p. 609, ii. In the Record, Oct. 15, 1897, Bp. H. C. G. Moule of Durham, then Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge, gave a most interesting account of Miss Elliott, and of the origin of this hymn. Dr. Moule, who is related to the family, derived his information from family sources. In an abbreviated form this is the beautiful story:—

"Ill-health still beset her. Besides its general trying influence on the spirits, it often caused her the peculiar pain of a seeming uselessness in her life while the circle round her was full of unresting serviceableness for God. Such a time of trial marked the year 1834, when she was forty-five years old, and was living in Westfield Lodge, Brighton. . . . Her brother, the Rev. H. V. Elliott Lp. 328, ii.] had not long before conceived the plan of St. Mary's Hall, at Brighton, a school designed to give, at nominal cost, a high education to the daughters of clergymen; a noble work which is to this day carried on with admirable ability and large success. ]n aid of St. Mary's Hall there was to be held a bazaar. . . . Westfield Lodge was all astir; every member of the large circle was occupied morning and night in the preparations, with the one exception of the ailing sister Charlotte—as full of eager interest as any of them, but physically fit for nothing. The night before the bazaar she was kept wakeful by distressing thoughts of her apparent uselessness; and these thoughts passed—by a transition easy to imagine—into a spiritual conflict, till she questioned the reality of her whole spiritual life, and wondered whether it were anything better after all than an illusion of the emotions, an illusion ready to be sorrowfully dispelled.
"The next day, the busy day of the bazaar . . . the troubles of the night came back upon her with such force that she felt they must be met and conquered in the grace of God. She gathered up in her soul the grand certainties, not of her emotions, but of her salvation: her Lord, His power, His promise. And taking pen and paper from the table she deliberately set down in writing, for her own comfort, 'the formulas of her faith' .... So in verse she restated to herself the Gospel of pardon, peace, and heaven. . . . There, then, always, not only at some past moment, but 'even now,' she was accepted in the Beloved, ‘Just as I am.'
"As the day wore on, her sister-in-law, Mrs. C. V. Elliott [p. 329, i.] . . . came in to see her and bring news of the work. She read the hymn, and asked (she well might) for a copy. So it first stole out from that quiet room into the world, where now for sixty years it has been sowing and reaping, till a multitude which only God can number have been blessed through its message."

Dr. Moule follows with a statement that the hymn was printed in the Invalid's Hymn Book, 1834. With a copy of that book before us we can positively say it is not there. Its earliest date of publication in that collection was the edition of 1836. The actual date, month and day of the bazaar we are unable to trace; neither have we seen, after an extended search, any printed form of the hymn of an earlier date than 1836.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

Timeline

Media

General Settings
Stanza Selection
Voice Selection
Text size:
Music size:
Transpose (Half Steps):
Capo:
Contacting server...
Contacting server...

Questions? Check out the FAQ
Download:
This is a preview of your FlexScore.
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #307
The Cyber Hymnal #3481
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #263
Small Church Music #1153
  • PDF Score (PDF)
Small Church Music #6566
  • PDF Score (PDF)
Timeless Truths #689
The United Methodist Hymnal #357
Worship and Rejoice #354

Instances

Instances (1 - 83 of 83)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
African American Heritage Hymnal #344TextPage Scan
African American Heritage Hymnal #345TextPage Scan
AGO Founders Hymnal #34
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #417
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #451aText
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #451bText
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #303TextAudio
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #307TextScoreFlexScoreAudio
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #435TextFlexScorePage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #500TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #339TextPage Scan
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #397TextPage Scan
Church Family Worship #411
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #587
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #553aTextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #553bTextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #615Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #308aPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #308bPage Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #382
Complete Mission Praise #396
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #319TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #592Text
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #442Text InfoTextAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #693TextPage Scan
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #246
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #697a
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #697b
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #325
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #440a
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #440b
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #440c
Hymns of Faith #334TextPage Scan
Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #121
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #413a
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #413b
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #287
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #632
Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #137TextPage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #627TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #570TextPage Scan
Lutheran Worship #359Text
Moravian Book of Worship #762TextPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #306
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #370Text
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #263Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice Hymns #481
Rejoice in the Lord #467Text
Rejoice in the Lord #468TextPage Scan
Renew! #140TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #313
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #314
Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #507
Sing Joyfully #387TextPage Scan
Sing With Me #156TextPage Scan
Singing the Faith #556a
Singing the Faith #556b
Singing the Faith #556c
Small Church Music #89Audio
Small Church Music #90Audio
Small Church Music #1153Audio
Small Church Music #6566Audio
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #270
The Book of Hymns (A fresh anthology of favourite hymns) #50
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #488Text
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #331
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #332
The Cyber Hymnal #3481TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #342Text
The New Century Hymnal #207Text
The New English Hymnal #294
The United Methodist Hymnal #357TextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #445TextFlexScorePage Scan
Timeless Truths #689TextScore
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #584a
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #584b
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #501TextFlexScorePage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #502Text
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #508Text
Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems #9
Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems (Reformatted) #9
Worship and Rejoice #354TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship Together #126
Include 1447 pre-1979 instances



Advertisements