Scripture Verse

I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us? Isaiah 6:8

Introduction

Words: John H. Holmes, 1913.

Music: Mei­ri­on­nydd Will­iam F. Lloyd, in Can­ia­dau Sei­on, ed­it­ed by R. Mills, 1840 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
John H. Holmes
(1879–1964)

Lyrics

The voice of God is calling
Its summons in our day;
Isaiah heard in Zion
And we now hear God say:
Whom shall I send to succor
My people in their need?
Whom shall I send to loosen
The bonds of shame and greed?

I hear My people crying
In slum and mine and mill;
No field or mart is silent,
No city street is still.
I see My people falling
In darkness and despair.
Whom shall I send to shatter
The fetters which they bear?

We heed, O Lord, Your summons,
And answer: Here are we!
Send us upon Your errand,
Let us Your servants be.
Our strength is dust and ashes,
Our years a passing hour;
But You can use our weakness
To magnify Your power.

From ease and plenty save us;
From pride of place absolve;
Purge us of low desire;
Lift us to high resolve;
Take us, and make us holy;
Teach us Your will and way.
Speak, and behold! We answer;
Command, and we obey!