I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, Here am I. Send me!@Isaiah 6:8

M. Alice Metcalf, in Bible Study Songs for Junior Societies, Junior and Primary Sunday Schools, by Bertha F. Vella & Daniel B. Towner (Boston, Massachusetts: The Pilgrim Press, 1899), page 153.

Philip P. Bliss, The Charm 1871 (repeats the last two lines of the chorus) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876)

Only a messenger, yet ready am I
Sweetly to answer with the prompt reply,
Master, the message that Thou givest me,
Gladly will I carry, blessèd Lord, for Thee.

Refrain

Hear now the ringing call, Shine, brightly shine,
Bearing the light of love, kindled above.

Though but a messenger, yet I am Thine,
Savior, with all my heart, I’ll do my part.

Only a messenger, yet bravely I go,
Scattering brightness just the best I know;
Smiling and happy as the day is long,
Driving back the tear-drops with some happy song.

Refrain

Only a messenger, yet honored am I
Serving the King of kings, the Lord most high;
Faithful I’ll try to be until the end,
For the God of love is my dear Lord and friend.

Refrain