Scripture Verse

Whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life. John 5:24

Introduction

Words: Al­ice B. Wood, in The King’s Prais­es, by Charles S. Brown (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Unit­ed So­cie­ty of Chris­tian En­dea­vor, 1899), num­ber 34.

Music: Tul­li­us C. O’Kane, cir­ca 1873 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
Tullius C. O’Kane
1830–1912

Lyrics

In lands far away o’er the sea,
There are nations who ne­ver have heard
Any mention, dear Sav­ior, of Thee,
And we long so to send them the word.

Refrain

Blessèd Word, bless­èd Word,
Thou’rt life to the soul that has heard;
Blessèd Word, bless­èd Word,
Blessèd Word,
Thou’rt life to the soul that has heard.

They bow to their idols of stone,
To their idols of silver and gold;
But to worship the Sav­ior alone
They ne­ver, alas! have been told.

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In sorrow they pass to the grave,
Thro’ the valley of sin and of woe;
Yet our Je­sus is waiting to save
If only to Him they will go.

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His servants are hastening to bear
Precious tidings of life o’er the sea;
We will join them in labor and pray­er,
Happy workers for Je­sus are we.

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