|Wa sodo Jesu, ma se duro
N'nu oro Re lo ti fona han wa
O duro ni arin wa loni
O n wi jeje pe, "Wa"
Ipade wa yio je ayo
Gb'okan wa ba bo lowo ese
A o si wa pelu Re Jesu
Ni ile wa lailai
Je k'omode wa
A! Gb'ohun Re
Je kokan gbogbo fo fun ayo
Ki a si yan A layanfe wa
Ma duro, sugbon wa
Tun ro, O wa pelu wa loni
F'eti s'ofin Re ko si gboran
Gbo b'ohun Re ti n wi pele pe,
"Wa, omo mi, e wa!"
|Come to the Savior, make no delay;
Here in His Word He has shown us the way;
Here in our midst He’s standing today,
Tenderly saying, “Come!”
Joyful, joyful will the meeting be,
When from sin our hearts are pure and free;
And we shall gather, Savior, with Thee,
In our eternal home.
“Suffer the children!” oh, hear His voice!
Let ev’ry heart leap forth and rejoice;
And let us freely make Him our choice;
Do not delay, but come.
Think once again, He’s with us today;
Heed now His blest command, and obey;
Hear now His accents tenderly say,
“Will you, My children, come?”
George Frederick Root was born with a talent for making music. At the age of 13 he was able to play 13 different instruments. In adult life, he played the organ in a church in New York City, and taught music at a women’s institute. He also taught at the New York Institute for the Blind, where Fanny Crosby was one of his students.
Root worked with hymn writer Lowell Mason at the Academy of Music in Boston. He wrote some popular songs for the secular market (such as Rosalie, the Prairie Flower), and patriotic songs around the time of the Civil War (such as Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, the Boys Are Marching). But he is best known for his many hymns, sometimes providing words and music, other times composing tunes for the words of others.
As examples of his work, he wrote the tunes for Ring the Bells of Heaven and When He Cometh. And Root wrote words and music for Why Not Now? and Come to the Saviour. The latter is a simple invitation hymn, with a pretty tune.
(Read more here and get a story about the hymn here.)