Scripture Verse

Come…help us. Acts 16:9


Words: Mar­tin M. Knapp, Bi­ble Songs of Sal­va­tion and Vic­to­ry (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: M. W. Knapp, 1902), num­ber 127.

Music: San­ti­ago Ro­bert B. Finch, 1898 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Martin W. Knapp (1853–1901)


From Ca­li­for­nia’s vine­yards
To Ca­ro­li­na’s strand,
We hear the wail of ang­uish
That ris­es in our land,
From Maine to Mis­sis­sip­pi,
We see the blight of sin,
And hear the groans of sor­row
Above our ci­ty’s din.


We’ll heed the Sav­ior’s sum­mons,
On wings of love we fly,
To bear the Gos­pel mes­sage
Ere at our door they die.

From Asia’s dark do­min­ions,
And Af­ric’s burn­ing sand,
Like migh­ty streams of wa­ter
They pour in­to our land.
From Eur­ope’s crowd­ed ci­ties,
They flow from year to year,
And bring their crimes and vic­es
And su­per­sti­tions here.


From ma­ny a haunt of ev­il,
From ma­ny a home of shame,
We must their souls de­li­ver
From sin in Je­sus’ name.
In many a street and al­ley,
They wan­der to and fro,
And swift­ly down are sink­ing,
To realms of end­less woe.


Glad tid­ings of sal­va­tion
We thus shall speed along,
Till ev­ery place of sor­row
Becomes a place of song;
Till slaves of vice and fol­ly
At Je­sus’ feet shall fall,
And claim His great sal­va­tion,
And crown Him Lord of all.