NETTLETON

Composer: John Wyeth

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Composer: Asahel Nettleton

Nettleton, Asahel, D.D., a well-known Connecticut evangelist, was born at North Killingworth, Connecticut, April 21, 1783, and educated at Yale College, graduating in 1809. In 1811 he was licenced to preach, receiving ordination in 1817. He never settled as a pastor with any congregation, but preached in Western Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York; in Virginia, 1827-28; and also in Great Britain in 1831. He died in 1843. His Memoirs, Sermons and Remains were published in 1844. Dr. Hatfield ascribes to him a hymn:— "Come, Holy Ghost, my soul inspire— This one great gift impart;" apparently on no other ground than that it appeared anonymously (as did many others) in his Village Hymns, in 1824, and has been trac… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Asahel Nettleton (1825)
Composer: John Wyeth
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Incipit: 32113 52235 65321
Key: D Major/E♭ Major
Source: Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second, Harrisburg, 1813

Texts

Come, Thou Fount

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 God's redeeming love.

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Notes

The authorship of this tune is not clear, with different editors attributing the tune to different composers (or not naming one at all). See the instances list above for the different attributions.

From William J. Reynolds, Companion to Baptist Hymnal (1976):

"Nettleton first appeared as a two-part tune in John Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second (1813, p. 112), where it was named Hallelujah. In the Index it is identified as a new tune, and no composer's name is given. The tune has been attributed to some to Asahel Nettleton (1783-1844), a well-known evangelist of the early nineteenth century, who compiled Village Hymns (1825). However, this compilation contained no music, and there is no evidence that Nettleton wrote any tunes during his life . . . It is not known where the tune name first appeared or who was responsible for it." (pp. 53-54)

The Hymnal Companion to the Lutheran Book of Worship (1981) also notes George Pullen Jackson's observation that the tune is "one of a group related to the folk melody 'Go tell Aunt Tabby (Aunt Rhody, Aunt Nancy, etc.) her old grey goose is dead.'" (p. 519)

Media

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #15
Text: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #13
The Cyber Hymnal #1016
Text: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
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The Cyber Hymnal #3898
Text: Long Ago, When Pharaoh's Daughter
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The Cyber Hymnal #7336
Text: When the Storms of Life Surround Me
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The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #2
Text: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  • Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (SIB, Scorch)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #486
Text: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #457
Text: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
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Timeless Truths #587
Text: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
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The United Methodist Hymnal #400
Text: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Worship and Rejoice #68
Text: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Worship and Rejoice #93
Text: Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
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Worship and Rejoice #541
Text: Church of God, Elect and Glorious
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Instances

Instances (73)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
50 Favorites: and July 2013 index of supplement to Evening Light Songs #p8TextImage
ADORU, Ekumena Diserva Libro #421
African American Heritage Hymnal #175TextImage
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #15TextImageAudioScore
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #507TextImageAudio
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #98TextImage
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #295Image
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #669Image
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #687Image
Celebration Hymnal #11TextImage
Celebration Hymnal #293Image
Chalice Hymnal #16Text
Chalice Hymnal #294Text
Chalice Hymnal #606Text
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #13AudioScore
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #484Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #339Text
Common Praise (1998) #354Text
Common Praise (1998) #397Text
Community of Christ Sings #87
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #42Text
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #807Image
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #843Image
Gather (3rd ed.) #625Image
Gather (3rd ed.) #743Image
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #644
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #441TextImageAudioFlexscore
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #475TextImageAudioFlexscore
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #17
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #686TextImage
Hymns for a Pilgrim People #19
Hymns for a Pilgrim People #28
Hymns of Faith #28TextImage
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #31
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #318
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #433
Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #111Text
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #246ImageAudioFlexscore
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #521ImageAudioFlexscore
Lutheran Service Book #686TextImage
Nyimbo za Imani Yetu #22
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #355TextImage
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #47AImage
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #486TextImageAudioScore
Rejoice in the Lord #449Text
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #334
Sing! A New Creation #37TextImageAudio
Sing Joyfully #82TextImage
Sing Justice! Do Justice! #19Text
Singing the New Testament #147
Singing the New Testament #170
Songs for Suffering Saints: Thirty-two original hymns set to existing tunes #14
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #37Text
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #41aText
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #53Text
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #68Text
The Christian Life Hymnal #13Image
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #68
The Cyber Hymnal #1016TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #3898TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #7336TextAudioScore
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #2Score
The New Century Hymnal #59Image
The New Century Hymnal #459Image
The United Methodist Hymnal #400TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #244Text
The Worshiping Church #45TextImageFlexscore
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #457TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #559Text
Worship and Rejoice #68TextImageAudioScore
Worship and Rejoice #93TextImageAudioScore
Worship and Rejoice #541TextImageAudioScore
Worship and Rejoice #577TextImage



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