Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.@Matthew 28:19–20
Isaac B. Woodbury (1819–1858)

C. Cooke, in Devotional Melodies, edited by A. S. Jenks (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A. S. Jenks, 1859), number 186, with the inscription, Dedicated to the Green Street [Methodist Episcopal] Church Juvenile Missionary Society. Also see Speed Away.

Isaac B. Woodbury, 1848 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Speed away! speed away! O ye heralds of light,
There are millions enshrouded in nature’s dark night,
Who are willing to hear, and the truth to receive,
But know of no Savior on whom to believe.
O they’re dying by thousands in sin every day!
Speed away! speed away! speed away!

Let the Church to the help of Jehovah draw near—
Come with love, and with faith, and with fervor in prayer!
Let her fling to the breeze the pure banner of truth,
And enlist in the struggle her warm-hearted youth;
Let the parents and children, and everyone say,
Speed away! speed away! speed away!

We will lay on the altar our money and prayers:
And we’ll bathe every offering in sympathy’s tears—
For the Jews and Mohammedans, Gentiles and all;
On Jehovah by night and by day we will call,
And ye heralds of mercy, oh! make no delay!
Speed away! speed away! speed away!

Speed away! speed away with a message from Heav’n,
To all nations of men let the tidings be giv’n
That Messiah has triumphed, His foes are all slain,
And the earth as an Eden is blushing again!
O great Savior, let nothing this conquest delay
Speed away! speed away! speed away!