This is one of the poems in George Herbert's 'The Temple', first published in 1633.
This short poem is simple and direct. It is almost completely composed of words of one syllable. Allusions to the Old and New testaments, as well as to the Church of England liturgy, abound in Herbert's poetry. In this short poem there are references to Revelations 22:26: 'Come, Lord Jesus..' and to John 14:6, where Jesus is described as 'the way, the truth and the life'. 'Come' is the call of the poet to God, but it is also the response of the poet to a call from God.
This poem has been set to music several times, notably by Ralph Vaughan Williams in his 'Five Mystical Songs'. A setting by Alexander Brent Smith is included on the CD George Herbert: Hymns New and Old.
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