I heard the voice of Jesus say (Kingsfold) – Woodwind and Strings

Lyrics – 3 verses

Suitable for: Lent, Evensong, General Usage

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 traveling days are done.

Lyrics: Horatius Bonar (1808 – 1889), Public Domain.


  • Tune: Kingsfold
  • Composer: Traditional English folksong originally arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958), arranger of this version Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Meter: DCM
  • Music this arrangement Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.
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