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-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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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