I heard the voice of Jesus say

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
  “Come unto Me, and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down
  Thy head upon My breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was,
  Weary, and worn, and sad;
I found in Him a resting-place,
  And He has made me glad.
I heard the voice of Jesus say,
  “Behold, I freely give
The living water: thirsty one,
  Stoop down, and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
  Of that life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
  And now I live in Him.
I heard the voice of Jesus say,
  “I am this dark world’s Light;
Look unto Me, thy morn shall rise,
  And all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found
  In Him my Star, my Sun;
And in that Light of life I’ll walk
  Till trav’lling days are done.
Gi Ayuba

Lagos, Nigeria

Jesus is always near us to bring us to His rest

Carol Brewer

Robins, IA, United States

Thank you! That song really blessed me.


Buffalo Mills, PA, United States

What a blessing to sing this hymn this morning as I wake up here in Pennsylvania! I sang this hymn many times as a child of missionaries in India. And it is just as true in my seventies with dementia settling in as it was as a child, if not more so!!!

Akachukwu Obiefuna

Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria

May God be praised for revealing this wonderful words to us at such a time like this.

The tune is divine, the lyrics are inspired by the Holy Ghost. Look and live. Wow! I'm awed.

Thank you O God. I love you.

Essien Favour

Lagos, Nigeria

Oh, how refreshing this hymn is to my soul. I've found in him a resting place and he has made me glad.

Ana Lara

United States

This hymn points to three of the Lord’s personal invitations to mankind, which are followed by human responses and their spiritual results:

Stanza one-Come to Me (Matthew 11:28); I came, I found rest and gladness.

Stanza two-Drink of My Living Water

(John 4:10, 13-14); I came, drank, and life revived.

Stanza three-Look Upon My Light ( John 8:12); I looked and shall henceforth walk in that light.

The music for this text, was written in 1868 by John B. Dykes, noted English musician of the nineteenth century. The hymn tune’s name, “Vox Dilecti, ” is Latin for “Voice of the Beloved. ” As is true of all of Dykes’ tunes, this music is characterized by the expressive quality of the typical Romanticism of that era.

He also wrote the music for hymns such as “Holy, Holy, Holy” (No. 6), “Jesus the Very thought of Thee” (No. 209) and “Father to Thee A Joyful Song We Raise” (No. 52).

Horatius Bonar is by many considered to be one of Scotland’s most gifted evangelical ministers and hymn writers. He was born on December 19, 1908 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In 1843, He became active in promoting the Free Church Movement because a split had occurred in the established Church of Scotland. Bonar was a man who had great energy and ability. He was a zealous

soul-winner, scholar of the Scriptures, and eloquent Presbyterian preacher.

One of his tracts, “Believe and Live, ” had more than a million copies published. Bonar wrote approximately 600 hymns, 100 of which are still used today.

“I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” is considered his finest hymn. It first appeared in his collection “Hymns, Original and Selected” in 1846 and later in his “Hymns of the Faith and Hope” in 1862 with the title “The Voice from Galilee. ”

Bonar wrote this hymn while pastoring the Presbyterian Church at Kelso, Scotland. He had a love for children and was burdened that they learn about Christ and His person at an early age. Even though he had a simple writing style, his hymns contain deep spiritual truths.

Horatius Bonar died on July 31, 1889 and is buried beside his wife in Canongate Kirkyard.

Avril Sime

Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom

Listening to Premier Christian Radio Hearts and Hymns Sunday8. 40 heard the author’s story. He and his wife lost 5 babies but here we have his response what a comfort and encouragement to be a Pilgrim don't give up Christ has you in mind!

Victor Ononokpono

Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

I am just meditating on this hymn in the aircraft right about now with tears and passion for my Christ and Saviour. Thank you Jesus.

Alex Glen

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

I wonder what Horatius Bonar would think if he knew that people from all over the world would be appreciating his hymn more than 150 years later. His body is buried in the Canongate in Edinburgh from where he awaits the resurrection.


Warri, Delta, Nigeria

This hymn is indeed soothing to the soul. It’s also very refreshing to the weary one.