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.
Pauline Kouame

Conway, AR, United States

Amen! In that light of life I’ll walk till trav’lling days are done!! Amen Praise the Lord!!


United States

Numbers 13:30 "Let us go up at once and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it."

Kenneth Bones

Lisburn, Ulster, United Kingdom

A favourite hymn. There seems to be many variations of the accompanying tune.

Ana Lara

Tolland, Connecticut, United States

It's hymn 323. He also wrote a less known hymn found in this hymnal but with equally impacting words. It is number 672 under the category of "comfort in trials." Bonar became famous when he published the "Kelso Tracts." He wrote Prose, spiritual poems and hymns. "Hymns of Faith and Hope" are one such publication.


what number is this hymn on the hymnal?

James Miller


The words touch me where I need to be touched most. The melody is both sad and hopeful at the same time. It is as if this very delightful hymn takes us on a spirit filled journey that never ends...

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Horatius Bonar loved to doodle as he wrote his hymns. On the sheet where this hymn first took shape, the lines are abbreviated, edited, and added to, and several doodles are scratched in the margins. Many of Bonar's ideas came to him during long country walks in his native Scotland, and he often fleshed out his ideas while riding a train. All told, Bonar wrote more than 600 hymns and became known as "the prince of Scottish hymnwriters."

Bonar was a brilliant Bible scholar, an outstanding devotional writer, and an active church leader. He knew how to communicate profound truths to children through hymns. In doing so he helped adults to understand as well. The invitation of Christ to "come" is simple enough for a child to respond to. But after accepting that invitation, it takes a lifetime to probe the depths of what it means to come to Him, to drink the living water, and to walk in the Light. - Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton

Jessie Wang

British Columbia, Canada

May we look to Him, our Star and our Sun! May we walk in this Light of life all the days of our lives.

Sandra Haley

Humboldt, TN, United States

I love the drama you add to this piece, the original melody is nice but this makes such a great impact for me. In Him we find all we have need of. Such a healing, peaceful song.