Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown

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Instrumental Only?

2-part with organ and descant or instrumental obbligato. A haunting setting of the Charles Wesley text on Jacob wrestling with the angel.


Come, O thou Traveler unknown, who still I hold but cannot see;
my company before is gone, and I am left alone with thee.
With thee all night I mean to stay and wrestle till the break of day.

I need not tell thee who I am, my misery or sin declare;
thyself hast called me by my name, look on thy hands and read it there.
But who, I ask thee, who art thou? Tell me thy name, and tell me now.

Yield to me now, for I am weak but confident in self-despair;
Speak to my heart in blessings speak, be conquered by my instant prayer.
Speak or thou never hence shalt move, and tell me, tell me if thy name is Love.

'Tis Love, 'tis Love! Thou diedst for me! I hear thy whisper in my heart:
the morning breaks, the shadows flee. Pure Universal Love thou art;
thy mercies never shall remove, thy nature and thy name is Love.