Speak, Lord; for Thy servant heareth.@1 Samuel 3:10

Sa­rah G. Stock; written for In­dia’s Wo­men, and first sung at the Val­e­dic­to­ry Meet­ing of the Church of Eng­land Ze­na­na So­ci­e­ty, Oc­to­ber 2, 1888.

St. Ed­ith Jus­tin H. Knecht, 1799, & Ed­ward Hus­band, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Justin H. Knecht (1752–1817)

O Master, when Thou callest,
No voice may say Thee nay,
For blest are they that follow
Where Thou dost lead the way;
In freshest prime of morning,
Or fullest glow of noon,
The note of heavenly warning
Can never come too soon.

O Master, when Thou callest,
No heart may dare refuse;
’Tis honor, highest honor,
When Thou dost deign to use;
Our brightest and our fairest,
Our dearest—all are thine;
Thou who for each one carest,
We hail Thy love’s design.