Come Ye Sinners, also known as I Will Arise and Go to Jesus, is a beautiful hymn with a melody from William Walker's "Southern Harmony."
Free sheet music for all instruments of this hymn, treble and bass clef, plus viola clef.
Please scroll down the page for the multiple links to the PDF downloads.
This beautiful old tune from "Southern Harmony" is known as "Restoration." This melody can be found with different lyrics.
At hymnary.org there is a beautiful arrangement which I am using for a model for my own piano arrangement (COMING!).
The song is pentatonic, but just before the final note of the second phrase, the 7th step of the scale is raised in a startling way!
This happens twice in the song. However, I prefer the lowered 7th step instead of that raised seventh - it is the way that Fernando Ortega sings it in the video above, and it is more natural, even if it isn't traditional.
I really love the words of this hymn and verse 3 in particular, which encapsulates the "gospel" or "good news" in just a few phrases:
"Come, ye weary, heavy-laden;
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better,
You will never come at all."
The "fall" is of course a reference to the story found in Genesis 3 of the Bible - Adam and Eve turning from God.
"If you tarry till you're better" means that you are trying to become a better person to please God, at which time you will choose to come to Jesus.
"You will never come at all" indicates the hopelessness of taking that approach, because we NEVER can be good enough or even "better."
Only his death on "the bloody tree" can "suffice" or be sufficient (verse 4).
Below is a BASS CLEF version, in two keys, of Come Ye Sinners:
Now, for viola:
If you are interested in more background on this hymn, there is plenty of information to be found, both about the melody (Restoration) and the writer, Joseph Hart.
In 1757, after living a life he described as "carnal and spiritual wickedness, irreligious and profane," Joseph Hart turned to Christ (Psalter Hymnal Handbook).
Two years later, he wrote this famous hymn. Now, having undergone numerous text and tune changes, it still remains a classic hymn of invitation to turn from our sinful ways by the grace of God into the waiting arms of our Savior.
The added refrain hearkens back to the story of the prodigal son, who, like Hart, turned from a life of waywardness and folly back to his father’s waiting arms...
The lead sheet links, treble clef:
The bass clef links:
The viola links:
Hello - I just want to say THANK YOU so much for the duet version of Oh Holy night (in Bb too!), which is great, as I have two students at school that are going to sing this in a concert in 3 weeks.
With not much time and no budget, it is so nice to find an arrangement! Thank you.
Carrie,Voice and Piano Teacher:
This site is FABULOUS.
For all the reasons you explain on the site itself--this is exactly what piano teachers need! (I still need to go look at the vocal music). Wow. THANK YOU SO MUCH!