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1. Come, and let us sweetly join,
Christ to praise in hymns divine;
give we all with one accord
glory to our common Lord.

2. Hands and hearts and voices raise,
sing as in the ancient days;
antedate the joys above,
celebrate the feast of love.

3. Jesus, dear expected Guest,
thou art bidden to the feast;
for thyself our hearts prepare;
come, and sit, and banquet there.

4. Sanctify us, Lord, and bless,
breathe thy Spirit, give thy peace;
thou thyself within us move,
make our feast a feast of love.

Source: The United Methodist Hymnal #699

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >


Come, and let us sweetly join. C. Wesley. [Church Gatherings.] This poem of 22 double stanzas, divided into five parts, was given in Pt. ii. of J. & C. Wesley's Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1740, and headed "The Love Feast." The five parts were subsequently used as separate hymns, as follows:—
1. Come, and let us sweetly join. This was given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 505, and has been repeated in most collections of the Methodist body.
2. Come, Thou High and Lofty One. This was included in Toplady's Psalms and Hymns, 1776, and in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 506 (ed. 1875, No. 520), and has passed into various collections. From it the centos (1) "Jesu, we the promise claim"; sometimes, "Jesus, we Thy promise claim," was given in Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833; and is found in modern hymnals, including Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872; and (2) "In the midst do Thou appear," as in Dr. Martineau's Hymns, &c, 1840, and his Hymns of Praise & Prayer, 1873.
3. Let us join, 'tis God commands. This is No. 507 in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, and No. 521 in the revised edition, 1875. It has also passed into other collections, as the Baptist Hymnal, 1879, &c.
4. Partners of a glorious hope. No. 508 in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, and 522 in the revised edition 1875, and other collections.
5. Father, hail, by all adored. No. 509 in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, and 523, 1875.
In addition to the above there are three centos in common use all beginning, "Come, and let us sweetly join," and each being distinct in itself. These are (1) Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, No. 738; (2) New Congregational Supplement, 1869; and (3) Kennedy, 1863. The original texts of all these parts and centos are in the Wesleyan Hymn Book as above, and the Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. i. p. 350.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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