Scripture Verse

As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you. John 20:21

Introduction

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Charles E. Prior
1856–1927

Words: Ma­ry Brown, in Our Best En­dea­vor (Sil­ver Bur­dett: 1892) (verse 1), and Charles E. Pri­or (vers­es 2–3). The orig­in­al ti­tle was Go Stand and Speak, with mu­sic by Pri­or.

Music: Car­rie E. Roun­se­fell, 1894 (🔊 pdf nwc). She wrote the tune for these words, for use in a re­viv­al meet­ing at the Bap­tist church in Lynn, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Brown or Roun­se­fell (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

This well known mis­sion­a­ry and con­se­cra­tion hymn was adopt­ed by a class of ov­er a hun­dred mis­sion­a­ry nurs­es at the Bat­tle Creek (Mi­chi­gan) San­i­tar­i­um as their class hymn. Ev­ery Sun­day af­ter­noon they would ga­ther for a so­cial meet­ing and al­ways sing [it]…

In this class were stu­dents from near­ly ev­ery State of the Un­ion, from Aus­tral­ia, South Af­ri­ca, South Am­er­i­ca, Bul­gar­ia, Ar­men­ia, and near­ly all the Eu­ro­pe­an coun­tries. At the close of the course they agreed that af­ter they had part­ed and gone to their dif­fer­ent fields, they would sing this hymn ev­ery Sun­day as they had done dur­ing their hap­py class-days.

Sankey, pp. 163–64

Lyrics

It may not be on the mountain’s height,
Or over the stormy sea;
It may not be at the battle’s front
My Lord will have need of me;
But if by a still, small voice He calls
To paths I do not know,
I’ll answer, dear Lord, with my hand in Thine,
I’ll go where You want me to go.

Refrain

I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord,
O’er mountain, or plain, or sea;
I’ll say what You want me to say, dear Lord,
I’ll be what You want me to be.

Perhaps today there are loving words
Which Jesus would have me speak;
There may be now, in the paths of sin,
Some wand’rer whom I should seek.
O Savior, if Thou wilt be my guide,
Tho’ dark and rugged the way,
My voice shall echo the message sweet,
I’ll say what You want me to say.

Refrain

There’s surely somewhere a lowly place
In earth’s harvest fields so wide,
Where I may labor thro’ life’s short day
For Jesus, the Crucified.
So, trusting my all unto Thy care,
I know Thou lovest me!
I’ll do Thy will with a heart sincere,
I’ll be what You want me to be.

Refrain