This Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Matthew 24:14
Words: Benjamin Beddome (1717–1795). Published posthumously in Hymns Adapted to Public Worship (London: Burton & Briggs, 1818), number 697.
Efficacy of the Gospel.
If you know where to get a good picture of Beddome (head & shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
Oh may the Gospel swiftly spread,
Revive the living, raise the dead;
A glorious work be now begun,
And millions tell what God has done.
Let those who never felt before,
Now feel the Gospel’s vital power.
And languid souls who own Thy love,
Receive fresh visits from above.
Arise, Thou sun of righteousness
With light and life the nations bless;
In Zion, long the sinner’s scorn,
Be numerous sons and daughters born.