Scripture Verse

This Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations. Matthew 24:14

Introduction

Words: Ruth Al­leyn, in Mis­sion­ary Songs, ed­it­ed by Ed­mund Lo­renz (Day­ton, Ohio: Will­iam J. Shu­ey, 1895), num­ber 89.

Music: Ed­mund S. Lo­renz (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Al­leyn (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

portrait
Edmund S. Lorenz
1854–1942

Lyrics

Joy in the Gos­pel! Glad news of sal­va­tion!
Swift let it fly to the ends of the earth;
Blessings from Hea­ven for ev­ery na­tion—
Angels would tell it, for they know its worth.

Refrain

Angels would tell it, how grand­ly pro­claim!
Angels would tell it, His glo­ri­ous fame!
They’d sing hal­le­lu­jahs, their loud hal­le­lu­jahs,
And spread thro’ the na­tions His life bring­ing name.

Passing the an­gels in bright ranks of glo­ry,
Leaving the sing­ers with harps in their hands;
Christ came to mor­tals and gave them His sto­ry:
Tell it to oth­ers in ev­ery land!

Refrain

All those who know it are preach­ers of Je­sus,
Little or big, they should speak in His name;
Doing His will, for He ev­er­more sees us;
Giving the pen­nies to spread forth His fame.

Refrain

Then when He com­eth to ga­ther His loved ones,
Bearing them back to His home in the sky,
Out of all lands will He sum­mon His saved sons,
Saved thro’ His child­ren—shall it be you or I?

Refrain