Art Thou Weary? – A Sunday Hymn   2 comments


Art Thou Weary?
John M. Neale, 1818-1866
Adapted from the Greek of Stephen the Sabaite, 725-815

Art thou weary, art thou languid, art thou sore distressed?
“Come to Me'” saith One, “and, coming, be at rest.”

Hath He marks to lead me to Him, if He be my guide?
“In His feet and hands are wound-prints, and His side.”

If I still hold closely to Him, what hath He at last?
“Sorrow vanquished, labor ended, Jordan passed.”

If I ask Him to receive me, will He say me nay?
“Not till earth and not till heaven pass away.”

Finding, foll’wing, keeping, struggling, is He sure to bless?
Saints, apostles, prophets, martyrs answer, “Yes.”


An 8th century Greek monk named Stephen wrote these lines. From the age of 10 Stephen lived in the monastery of Mar Saba in the wilderness of Judea.  He eventually became the abbot of this monastery until his death at the age of 90. 

This text in its present form is actually a paraphrase of Stephen’s writing.  This hymn has been a favorite of many notable people, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Its simple and direct arrangement of a question in the first line of each verse followed by the positive answer in each second line has given assurance of God’s constant faithfulness to countless despairing persons.

Amazing Grace – Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions by Kenneth W Osbeck

Photo Note: Monastery we visited on our trip to Mystra in Greece near Sparta.

2 responses to “Art Thou Weary? – A Sunday Hymn

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  1. Finding out where hymns come from is so interesting!

    My husband’s name is Stephen and he’s greek! I couldn’t resist posting this one this week!

  2. were to download the mp3 of the song “art thou weary”

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