Come to Me all who Labour and are Heavy Burdened

This folk-style song was written by American at-the-time Benedictine monk Gregory Norbet (b 1940). It combines a chorus from Matthew 11:28-30 with verses from Psalm 23.

The original version, published in 1971 on the album Locusts and Wild Honey only had one verse.   However a revised version was released in 1994, with multiple verses.   The latter is copyright to Weston Priory, and it's not clear if Norbet was involved in adding the additional verses or not.

The song is set to an unnamed tune, also by Norbet. This has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of C, the first few notes are  E D C   c cccc.

Downloadable sheet music is available for purchase from OCP's website.


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Live recording in a church, small group with guitar backing:

Solo singer, guitar-backed:

Live recording - singer in church, piano backing:

Church soloist, organ backing:


The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But the original lyrics are freely available on the Weston Priory website. A rough outline is:
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy burdened,

The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall never be in need.
Fresh and green are the meadows where he gives me rest

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