Come, Follow Me

I arranged this song for my cellist brother's missionary farewell as vocal duet with cello and piano. I have since had occasion to use it in other circumstances, with different voicings, as seen below.

Voicings: Solo, Duet or Two-part Choir
Accompaniment: Piano, or piano with clarinet, cello, or viola
Topics: Baptism, Exaltation, Example, Jesus Christ, Obedience, Savior, Spirituality

Text: John Nicholson
Music: Samuel McBurney, arranged Rachel P. Mohlman


"Come, follow me," the Savior said.
Then let us in his footsteps tread,
For thus alone can we be one
With God's own loved, begotten Son.

"Come, follow me," a simple phrase,
Yet truth's sublime, effulgent rays
Are in these simple words combined
To urge, inspire the human mind.

Not only shall we emulate
His course while in this state,
But when we're freed from present cares,
If with our Lord we would be heirs.

We must the onward path pursue
As wider fields expand to view,
And follow him unceasingly,
Whate'er our lot or sphere may be.

For thrones, dominions, kingdoms, pow'rs,
And glory great and bliss are ours
If we, throughout eternity,
Obey his words, "Come, follow me."

"Come follow me."
Obey his words,
"Come, follow me."