Come over…and help us.@Acts 16:9
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Isaiah Baltzell (1832–1893)

Is­ai­ah Balt­zell, in Mis­sion­a­ry Songs (New York: Lor­enz & Com­pa­ny, 1880), num­ber 72, alt. Some hym­nals show the lyr­i­cist as Car­lin, one of Balt­zell’s pseu­do­nyms.

Sal­to Is­ai­ah Balt­zell, 1880 (🔊 pdf nwc).

How long, O how long must our pleading be vain?
How long till the Christian shall loosen the chain
That binds us in ignorance, mighty and strong;
How long, O ye Christians, how long, O how long?

How long must we wait, and continue to cry,
Come over and help us, O come ere we die?
O where is salvation, so full and so free?
We’re waiting, O Christian, God’s people to be.

O heed thou our pleading, nor longer delay;
Our people are heathen, they know not the way;
Then come, quickly come, bring your message of peace,
To save us from ruin—our souls to release.

Despised and forsaken, no Bible, no God;
We long to be free from idolatry’s rod;
O hear us, while out of the darkness we cry:
Come over and help us, O come, ere we die.