Hymn 08

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Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may
obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

Hymn Text

1. Come boldly to the throne of grace,
      Ye wretched sinners come;
And lay your load at Jesus’ feet,
      And plead what He has done.
“How can I come?” some soul may say,
      “I’m lame and cannot walk;
My guilt and sin have stopped my mouth;
      I sigh but dare not talk.”

2. Come boldly to the throne of grace,
      Though lost and blind and lame;
Jehovah is the sinner’s Friend,
      And ever was the same.
He makes the dead to hear His voice,
     He makes the blind to see.
The sinner lost He came to save,
      And set the pris’ner free.

3. Come boldly to the throne of grace,
      For Jesus fills the throne;
And those He kills He makes alive,
      He hears the sigh or groan.
Poor bankrupt souls, who feel and know
     The hell of sin within,
Come boldly to the throne of grace,
      The Lord will take you in.



“Come Boldly to a Throne of Grace” was written by Daniel Herbert (1751 – 1833), a congregational minister who served at Sudbury in Suffolk. It is a passionate and comforting call to all who feel the weight of their sin to come and find mercy at the feet of Christ. During his lifetime Herbert published 3 volumes of his poems and hymns in a collection entitled: Hymns and Poems, Doctrinal and Sentimental, for the Citizens of Zion who are longing to know their election of God and who love Evangelical Truths (1801, 1819, 1827). This hymn was included in the Gadsby Hymnal (1838).

The tune was composed by Tom Wells who serves as director of the Heritage Chorale at Heritage Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas. Tom also composed the tune for “Sovereign Grace O’er Sin Abounding.”

- Ken Puls

Words by D. Herbert (1751-1833)
Music ©2001 Tom Wells

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Permission is granted to churches to make additional copies of this hymn for use in worship.