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“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” Passes 5 Million Views!

“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” was one of the very first songs uploaded to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s YouTube channel when the channel was launched in 2012, and now it has officially surpassed 5 million views.

The popularity of the hymn has grown in recent years for several reasons. One reason is that it’s not in the current LDS Church hymnbook, which makes it a bit mysterious, and therefore it seems a bit more obscure. Another reason is the amount of cover versions that are popping up on YouTube. Some of the more popular versions are from artists such as Chris Tomlin, Hillary Scott and the Scott Family, Chris Rice, David Crowder Band, Mumford and Sons, and many more.

The demand for the hymn has grown so much throughout the years that many have called for its return to the hymnbook. We were even prompted to write a blog post titled “Why Was ‘Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing’ Not Included in the Current Hymnbook?” Although the exact reason isn’t completely clear, the consensus is that the hymn was among the lesser known and rarely sung in many congregations at the time.

One of the best arguments for the popularity of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” is Choir director Mack Wilberg’s powerful 1993 arrangement. Whether it’s true or not that our attention spans are shrinking, his arrangement is perfect for a modern audience. “I work very hard to stimulate and keep people’s attention. Music ought to be an enjoyable journey for the listener,” said Wilberg.

Watch the Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform Wilberg’s popular arrangement of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (Lyrics)

Come, thou fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace.
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it, mount of thy redeeming love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer, hither by thy help I come,
And I hope by thy good pleasure safely to arrive at home.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.

Jesus sought me when a stranger wandering from the fold of God.
He, to rescue me from danger, interposed His precious blood.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.

O to grace, how great a debtor, daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness like a fetter bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.
Seal it for thy courts above.