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The Weary Traveller / Tinwood

[ Roud 17725 ; trad.]

The hymn The Weary Traveller can be found in Baptist minister and hymn compiler Joshua Smith's book Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs (1784 or 1791). In the Village Carols traditions the hymn is known as Tinwood.

Jon Boden sang the first three verses as Come All You Weary Travellers as the December 6, 2010 entry of his project A Folk Song a Day.

Lyrics

Jon Boden sings Come All You Weary Travellers

Come all you weary travellers and tell me now to sing,
The everlasting praises of Jesus Christ, our King.
We've had a tedious journey, and tiresome, it is true;
But see how many dangers, but see how many dangers
The Lord has brought us through.

When first that Jesus found us he called us unto him,
And he pointed out the dangers of falling into sin:
The world, the flesh and Satan will prove to us a snare,
Except we do reject them, except we do reject them
With faith and humble prayer.

But by our disobedience, in sorrow we confess,
We oft have had to wander in that dark wilderness
Where soon we might have fainted in that enchanted ground,
But now and then a cluster, but now and then a cluster
Of pleasant grapes we found.
Where soon we might have fainted in that enchanted ground,
But now and then a cluster, but now and then a cluster
Of pleasant grapes we found.