Scripture Verse

Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matthew 4:19


James H. Fillmore, Sr. (1849–1936)

Words: Mrs. M. J. Bit­tle, in Songs of Glo­ry, ed­it­ed by James Fill­more (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Fill­more Bro­thers, 1874), num­ber 30, alt.

Music: Mar­tha’s Vine­yard James H. Fill­more, Sr., 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Bit­tles’ full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Long ago, in old Ju­dea,
By the shores of Ga­li­lee,
Jesus spake un­to the fish­ers:
Leave your nets, and fol­low Me.
Little child­ren, hear the sto­ry,
Pealing through the ag­es dim;
Who of you will leave your plea­sures,
Take your cross, and fol­low Him?

Now no more in old Ju­dea,
Jesus walks be­side the sea;
But He call­eth, ever call­eth,
Who will come and fol­low Me?
Come to Je­sus—time may tar­nish
Many dreams of beau­ty fair;
What He of­fers fad­eth ne­ver—
Life eter­nal ov­er there.

Over there, be­yond life’s bil­lows,
Eyes of faith can plain­ly see
The bright man­sions where He pro­mised
All His fol­low­ers would be.
Children, list­en to the sto­ry,
Pealing through the ag­es dim;
Jesus loves you! died to save you!
Give up all, and fol­low Him.