Scripture Verse

The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it. Psalm 68:11

Introduction

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Benjamin Carr
1768–1831

Words: Sam­uel J. Stone, 1871. Wri­tten for the First Day of In­ter­ces­sion for For­eign Mis­sions.

Music: Ma­drid (Carr) tra­di­tion­al Spa­nish tune. Ar­ranged by Ben­ja­min Carr, 1824 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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Samuel J. Stone
1839–1900

Lyrics

Give the word, eter­nal King;
Swift and fair from hill to hill
Speed the angel feet that bring
News of glo­ry and goodwill,
News of freedom’s open door,
Thy re­demp­tion’s sweet release,
Priceless treasure to the poor,
To the weary perfect peace.

Give the word, as­cend­ed Son;
By the travail of Thy soul,
By the triumph it hath won,
Let the tidings onward roll;
In the depth and o’er the height
Thy love’s banner be unfurled;
Make Thine own, in hell’s despite,
All the kingdoms of the world.

Give the word, O Holy Ghost:
West and East and South and North
Make a second Pentecost;
Bid Thy companies go forth,
Bearing all the gifts of grace
On Thy wings, O mystic Dove,
Visions of the Sav­ior’s face,
Music of the Fa­ther’s love.

Father, Son, and Spi­rit, God,
By the sum of human ill,
By Thy dread avenging rod,
By Thine all absolving will,
Lo, before Thy feet we fall!
Holy, holy, holy Lord;
Three in One, and All in All,
Hear our cry and give the word.