Scripture Verse

The Gospel must…be published among all nations. Mark 13:10

Introduction

Words: Tho­mas Mor­ell, in the Ev­an­gel­i­cal Ma­ga­zine, De­cem­ber 1818, page 544, alt. Hymns Com­posed for a Miss­ion­a­ry Or­din­a­tion Ser­vice. Sung at the Rev. Mr. Mor­ell’s Cha­pel, St. Ne­ots, Oct. 28, 1818, at the or­di­na­tion of Mr. C. Mault, Mis­sion­a­ry to In­dia. The hymn ap­peared in Jo­si­ah Con­der’s 1836 Con­gre­ga­tion­al Hymn Book, and lat­er in oth­er col­lect­ions.

Music: Far and Near (Spa­zier) Jo­hann K. Spa­zier (1761–1805) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know when the mu­sic was writ­ten, or where to get a good pic­ture of Spa­zier or Mor­ell (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Go, and the Savior’s grace proclaim,
Ye messengers of God;
Go, publish, thro’ Immanuel’s name,
Salvation bought with blood.

What tho’ your arduous track may lie
Thro’ regions dark as death;
What tho’ your faith and zeal to try,
Grim perils stalk your path:

Yet, with determined courage, go,
And, armed with power divine,
Your God will needful aid bestow,
And on your labors shine.

He who has called you to the war
Will recompense your pains;
Before Messiah’s conquering car,
The mountains sink to plains.

Shrink not tho’ earth and hell oppose,
But plead your Master’s cause;
Nor doubt that e’en your mighty foes
Shall bow before His cross.