Scripture Verse

Rise; He calleth thee. Mark 10:49


John M. Wigner (1844–1911)

Words: John M. Wig­ner, in Se­lect Songs No. 2, ed­it­ed by F. N. Pe­lou­bet & Hu­bert P. Main (New York: Big­low & Main, 1893).

Music: Har­tham Live­sey L. K. Car­rott (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Car­rott (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Lo, a lov­ing friend is wait­ing,
He is call­ing thee;
Listen to His voice so ten­der,
“Come to Me.

“On the cross for thee I suf­fered,
Death I bore for thee,
Canst thou still ref­use My mer­cy?
Trust to Me.

Long hast thou been Sa­tan’s cap­tive,
I will set Thee free;
Then, re­joic­ing in thy free­dom,
Follow Me.

Many times has Je­sus spok­en,
Now He speaks again;
Shall Thy Sav­ior’s in­vi­ta­tion
Be in vain?

Soon that voice will cease its call­ing,
Wilt thou still de­lay?
Wait no long­er, sin grows strong­er,
Yield to­day.

Savior, I will wait no long­er,
Now to Thee I come;
And when life’s short voy­age is over,
Take me home.