Thomas Moore (1779-1852) wrote the words of the poignant hymn, Come, Ye Disconsolate,” giving us one of the most heartfelt hymns ever written. It is a great comfort to lean on the words, “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.” There have been times of sorrow when I have leaned on those words, knowing that I could bring my wounded heart to the “mercy seat,” and tell of my anguish, with complete confidence that God was near me.
The hymn is filled with melancholy using the words “disconsolate,” “languish,” “wounded,” and “anguish.” But the final line offers hope: ‘earth has no sorrow but heaven can remove.’”
2 Corinthians 1 provides a biblical foundation for the hymn:
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. (Verses 3-5, KJV).
The words of this hymn bring great comfort in times of anguish and woundedness. For those of us who have languished while in the center of great sorrow, this hymn can be invited into our hearts where healing can begin.
Come, ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish,
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heav’n cannot heal.
Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
“Earth has no sorrow that heav’n cannot cure.”
Here see the bread of life, see waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heav’n can remove.
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