Scripture Verse

Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth. 1 Samuel 3:10


Words: J. M. Lyons, in Sil­very Ech­oes of Praise and Pray­er, ed­it­ed by John H. Kurz­en­kna­be (York, Penn­syl­van­ia: Cri­der & Bro­ther, 1880), num­ber 42.

Music: John J. Hood (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Ly­ons’ full name, or where to get a good pic­ture of him or Hood (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


In the mid­night silent watch­es,
What a won­drous voice I hear!
Charming ac­cents, sweet and ten­der,
Music-like sa­lute mine ear.


Calling, gent­ly call­ing,
Wondrous ac­cents, sweet and mild,
Calling, for He loves me;
He loves a lit­tle child.

Blessèd Lord, O great Cre­at­or,
How I won­der, can it be?
He that built the star­ry man­sion,
Doth re­gard a child like me.


There again I hear Thee call­ing,
In such ten­der ac­cents near;
Here am I! oh, yes, I list­en;
Speak, and I will glad­ly hear.


Speak, O Lord, Thy ser­vant hear­eth;
Help Thou me to un­der­stand;
Here I wait to do Thy er­rands,
And ob­ey, Lord, Thy com­mand.


Samuel Called by the Lord