Come Thou Fount
of Every Blessing

Eighteenth-century Baptist minister, scholar, and hymn-writer Robert Robinson (1735-1790) wrote the hymn text, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” in 1757 at the age of 22.

In the USA, Robinson’s hymn is typically set to the tune “Nettleton,” whose authorship is unclear. Some attribute it to printer John Wyeth, who published it in his Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second (1813); others attribute it to Asahel Nettletion, a popular evangelist of the early nineteenth century who published Village Hymns (1825). However, Village Hymns contained texts only and no music, so there is no evidence that Nettleton actually wrote the tune that carries him name.

This arrangement presents the tune straightforwardly, then follows with a lyrical variation in 4/4 time, a variation in 5/8, and a concluding march.

Score, parts (Bb tpt. 1, Bb tpt. 2, F horn, tbn, tuba) — $12.99