Scripture Verse

Come over…and help us. Acts 16:9


Isaiah Baltzell (1832–1893)

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

Music: 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 Christians,
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.