Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown

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SATB Choir, Solo. A delectable setting of the Scottish tune Candler. "Wrestling Jacob" is a famous poem by Charles Wesley on Genesis 32:22-32, but tom Gibbs has given us the stanzas which focus on God's grace and uplifting presence in time of trouble.


Come, O thou Traveller unknown,

Whom 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.

My strength is gone, my nature dies,

I sink beneath thy weighty hand,

Faint to revive, and fall to rise,

I fall, and yet by faith I stand:

I stand, and will not let thee go,

'Till I thy name, thy nature know.

I know Thee, Savior, who Thou art,
Jesus, the feeble sinner’s friend;

Nor wilt Thou with the night depart,
But stay and love me to the end,

Thy mercies never shall remove;

Thy nature and 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;

to me, to all, Thy mercies move,
Thy nature and Thy Name is Love.