Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: M. Al­ice Met­calf, in Bi­ble Stu­dy Songs, by Ber­tha F. Vel­la & Dan­i­el B. Tow­ner (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Pil­grim Press, 1899), page 153.

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

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Met­calf (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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Philip P. Bliss
(1838–1876)

Lyrics

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