Author of the Lyrics
The author of the glorifying
words of the "Come Follow me" lyrics, Johann Scheffler (December 1624-July 9, 167),
was born in Breslau, Silesia (a region of Central Europe located mostly in Poland) and
achieved fame as a noble, court preacher, Imperial Court physician and hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Come Follow me", Johann Hermann Schein (January 20, 1586-November 19, 1630),
was born in Grunhain, Saxony and
became famous as a chorister, musician and composer.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Come Follow me
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Johann Scheffler (December 1624
to July 9, 167)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: Charles W. Schaeffer translated the hymn from Polish to English in 1896
Name of Composer of Music: Johann Hermann Schein (January 20, 1586 to
November 19, 1630)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Come, follow Me, the Savior spake, All in My way abiding"
First Publication Date:
Come Follow me Lyrics
Come, follow Me, the Savior spake,
All in My way abiding;
Deny yourselves, the world forsake,
Obey My call and guiding.
Oh, bear the cross, whate'er betide,
Take My example for your guide.
I am the Light, I light the way,
A godly life displaying;
I bid you walk as in the day,
I keep your feet from straying.
I am the Way, and well I show
How you must sojourn here below.
My heart abounds in lowliness,
My soul with love is glowing,
And gracious words My lips express,
With meekness overflowing.
My heart, My mind, My strength, My all,
To God I yield, on Him I call.
I teach you how to shun and flee
What harms your soul's salvation,
Your heart from every guile to free,
From sin and its temptation.
I am the Refuge of your soul
And lead you to your heavenly goal.
Then let us follow Christ, our Lord,
And take the cross appointed
And, firmly clinging to His Word,
In suffering be undaunted.
For who bears not the battle's strain
The crown of life shall not obtain.