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Come, Let Us Sing The Matchless Worth

by Samuel Medley (1738-1799)

Tune: Pembroke

1 COME, let us sing the matchless worth
And sweetly sound the glories forth
Which in the Saviour shine:
To God and Christ our praises bring,
The song with which high heaven will ring,
Praises for grace divine.

2 How rich the precious blood He spilt,
Our ransom from the dreadful guilt
Of sin against our God;
How perfect is that righteousness,
In which unspotted beauteous dress
His saints have ever stood!

3 How rich the character He bears,
And all the form of love He wears,
Exalted on the throne;
In songs of sweet untiring praise,
We e'er would sing His perfect ways,
And make His glories known.

4 And soon the happy day shall come,
When we shall reach our destined home,
And see Him face to face;
Then with our Saviour, Lord and Friend,
The one unbroken day we'll spend
In singing still His grace.

William said ...
Just been singing 196 together in our home remembrance of the Lord Jesus.Just the two of us now and a bit croaky,but awaiting that moment when with new voices we shall sing the Saviours grace!!Thank you for providing these wonderful hymns for us,especially all those by J.G.Deck.
Sunday, Jun 20, 2021 : 18:00
Quek said ...
Thankyou for this tune
I am more familiar with a different tune when I attended the Malacca Gospel Hall ( Malaysia ) in the early 1960s when I was in my early teens

Today I so glad to heard this tune
Thankyou to hear this hymn : Come let us singl the matchless worth
Sunday, Jul 9, 2023 : 17:06
Nick Fleet said ...
The tune being sung here is not Ariel but Pembroke (#106).
Monday, Jul 10, 2023 : 16:45
Gregory Morris said ...
....and a better tune, I think
Tuesday, Jul 11, 2023 : 15:33
Alex said ...

A less sombre melody to Hymn 196 is ‘Reuben’, by Samuel Wakely.”
Thursday, Jul 13, 2023 : 06:06
Nick Fleet said ...

Agreed, Alex. REUBEN is a good tune, sadly not in the music edition of Spiritual Songs but it is sometimes sung, at least at the Findochty Conference.  It is in the Little Flock Tune Book and will be in the revised book, God willing.

Thursday, Jul 13, 2023 : 15:00
Steve H said ...
In the 1932 Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Little Flock music edition, this hymn (also number 196) is set to a tune called Hull by S. Chandler (1812).

Reuben is also present in that book, but is set to:-

O Lord, how blest - as day by day we pass along our pilgrim way - to know that we are Thine!

Steve H
Friday, Jul 14, 2023 : 00:05
Alex said ...

Nick, you mention the Little Flock Tune Book. Is this book still obtainable and who was the publisher? I was under the impression that the provenance of ‘Reuben’ was the ‘London’ brethren, rather than the former ‘Stuart’ brethren in the north of the U.K.
Friday, Jul 14, 2023 : 05:46
Steve H said ...

Just over a year ago, I obtained a good music copy of the 1932 edition of Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Little Flock via eBay, which is in much better condition than our other copies.

These were originally available from the Stow Hill Bible ad Tract Depot, which at that time (i.e. in 1932) was situated at 22, Paternoster Row London E.C.4

Steve H
Friday, Jul 14, 2023 : 06:15
Alex said ...
Thank you, Steve. I grew up with the 1932 “Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Little Flock”. As Nick wrote of ‘The Little Flock Tune Book’, I thought that this was perhaps an earlier or later edition.

The tune, “Reuben”, also suits well No. 107:

“O Jesus, Lord! ‘tis joy to know
Thy path is o’er of shame and woe,
For us so meekly trod . . .”

Thank you again for your help.
Friday, Jul 14, 2023 : 19:33
Nick Fleet said ...

Dear Alex, I have copies of The Little Flock Tune Book available.  If you email me at I can provide details.

Friday, Jul 14, 2023 : 22:16
Alex said ...
Thank you, Nick, for kindly offering assistance with my enquiry. This is much appreciated. As you have mentioned that a new edition of tunes for what used to be known as the ‘Little Flock’ hymnbook is forthcoming, if the Lord tarry, I shall not at present further trouble you.
Saturday, Jul 15, 2023 : 02:08
Steve H said ...
Hi Alex,

Thanks for your kind comments.

There are both earlier and later music editions for Little Flock hymns, including one I only recently came across on this site - "Music Arranged for a few Hymns and some Spiritual Songs selected 1856 for the Little Flock.

There are Melodies and Chants adapted to "Hymns for the Little Flock" as revised 1903.

The Little Flock Tune Book (normally blue cover) appeared in 1954 with a Supplement (normally maroon cover) in 1965.

There is also a later (normally green cover) edition, but I don't have that one, so am unable to provide the details.

There are other good brethren hymn books (used mainly by the Open Brethren) , including The Believers Hymn Book - Revised Edition 1981 and Hymns of Light and Love -Words and Music Edition 1996.


Steve H

Saturday, Jul 15, 2023 : 04:30
Alex said ...
Thank you once more, Steve. You have given a full response to my enquiry. I do appreciate your supplying the detailed history of these tune books.
Saturday, Jul 15, 2023 : 05:39
Tom said ...
Tune fixed from Ariel to Pembroke
Saturday, Jul 15, 2023 : 18:55
Gregory Morris said ...
The Red supplement is a fantastic musical achievement. It contains tunes of a very high calibre including those of Peter Pope. Alas it is not still in print. I keep a small stock of the tonic sol fa version and when I play the organ in Welsh chapels hereabouts and see the organist plays from Caneuon Dafydd in Tonic Sol Fa, I drop off a copy of the red book.

The Green Book is known as Chairman Frost's Little Green Book and is not really up to the standard of the blue and the red books. I think in its favour it has largely expunged the compositions of the totally unmusical Miss Shanks whose corpus is virtually unplayable and unsingable. The book is published by the Lancing "Permafrost" Depot.
Monday, Aug 21, 2023 : 05:53

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