Hymn: Just As I Am

Words: Charlotte Elliott, 1835

Music: Woodworth, William B. Bradbury, 1849

Charlotte Elliott wrote Just As I Am in 1835. Nearly one hundred years later, after hearing the song at a revival meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, Billy Graham came to the Lord. For decades, it was the altar call song in his own evangelistic crusades. How many people have decided to follow Christ after hearing this song?

Woodworth, the tune most often connected with Just As I Am, was composed by William B. Bradbury in 1849.

Charlotte Elliott (1789-1871) was the granddaughter of Henry Venn, a West Yorkshire minister who was friend and companion of John Wesley. Charlotte was an invalid from about age 30 to her death at 82, but she was not prone to self-pity. Her motto was “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” She wrote dozens of hymns.

William Batchelder Bradbury (1816-1868) loved music from an early age, but did not have the opportunity to study it in earnest until age 17. After training, he taught singing and music in various places and finally turned his attention to teaching children in 1841, and his delight was in providing music for Sunday School. He composed dozens of tunes, including He Leadeth Me, Jesus Loves Me, and Jesus Paid It All (to which he also wrote the lyrics).

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Just As I Am
Words: Charlotte Elliott, 1835

Music: Woodworth, William B. Bradbury, 1849

Verse 1
Just as I am – without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee –
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Verse 2
Just as I am – and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot –
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Verse 3
Just as I am – though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without –
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Verse 4
Just as I am – poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,|
Yea, all I need in Thee to find –
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Verse 5
Just as I am – Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe –
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Verse 6
Just as I am – Thy love unknown
Hath broken every barrier down;
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone –
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Verse 7
Just as I am – of that free love
The breadth, length, depth, and height to prove,
Here for a season, then above –
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!