Hymn & History
Judges 5:3

“Come, Christians, Join To Sing”

Christian Henry Bateman, 1843

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Hymn & History

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Hymn Lyrics

THE LYRICS ~ “Come Christians, Join To Sing” 

Come, Christians, join to sing
Alleluia! Amen!
loud praise to Christ our King;
Alleluia! Amen!
let all, with heart and voice,
before his throne rejoice;
praise is his gracious choice.
Alleluia! Amen!

Come, lift your hearts on high,
Alleluia! Amen!
let praises fill the sky;
Alleluia! Amen!
he is our Guide and Friend;
to us he’ll condescend;
his love shall never end.
Alleluia! Amen!

Praise yet our Christ again,
Alleluia! Amen!
life shall not end the strain;
Alleluia! Amen!
on heaven’s blissful shore,
his goodness we’ll adore,
singing forevermore,
“Alleluia! Amen!”

The Author of the Hymn

THE AUTHOR ~ Christian Henry Bateman

Born August 9, 1813 in Wyke, Scotland
Died July 27, 1889 in Carlisle, England

Christian Bateman stu­died in the Moravian Church. In 1843, at 30 years old, he be­came min­is­ter of Richmond Place Congrega­tional Church, Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land.

After serving in Hopton, Yorkshire, Reading, and Berkshire, he took Holy Orders in the Church of England. He served as curate of St. Luke’s in Jersey (1869-1871), vicar of All Saints in Childshill, Middlesex (1871-1875), and curate of St. John’s Penymyndd, Hawarden (1877-1884).

History of Hymn

HISTORY ~ “Come Christians, Join To Sing”

First published in 1843. Mr. Bateman’s hymn is actually a rewritten version of the hymn “Join Now in Praise, and Sing” written by William Edward Hickson (1803-1870). Both text use the same melody, MADRID (SPANISH HYMN), and are structured in much the same way.

According to Dr. C. Michael Hawn, a professor of sacred music at Perkins School of Theology, the original opening line of the hymn was “Come, children, join to sing.” Though changed in the Presbyterian hymnal to include all age groups, Mr. Bateman’s text contains direct, uncomplicated language suited for children.

Unfortunately there is no photo or much more information that we can find on Mr Bateman but we will look from time to time if more information has been updated and then add that onto this page.

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