Come, follow Me.@Luke 18:22
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Annie S. Hawks (1835–1918)

Annie S. Hawks, in Precious Hymns (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Bethany Sabbath School, 1870).

Ro­bert Low­ry (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Robert Lowry (1826–1899)

GIPSY SMITH’S FIRST CONVERT

The day af­ter I came to know Je­sus as my Sav­iour, as a lad in my fa­ther’s gip­sy wa­gon, the world was a new world to me. I could not help sing­ing. In those days I could real­ly sing! I ne­ver got wrecked even on the high C’s!

I went out on my work as usu­al—I was in the lum­ber bu­si­ness—sell­ing clothes-pins at two­pence a do­zen. The first house I came to the la­dy bought some, and I asked her if she would like to hear me sing. My heart was full. I want­ed to tell her about Jesus. I was afraid and un­a­ble to speak, but I knew ma­ny hymns. She said yes, so I sang:

Who’ll be the next to follow Jesus,
Who’ll be the next the cross to bear?
Someone is ready, someone is waiting;
Who’ll be the next the crown to wear?

Then I saw her tears, and I was so af­raid that as soon as I fin­ished the hymn I took to my heels and ran as fast as I could!

Twenty-five years la­ter I was hold­ing a par­lor meet­ing in a cer­tain ci­ty. Among the la­dies pre­sent was one who came to shake hands with me af­ter the meet­ing.

Well, Mrs. Chi­vers, I said, I am glad to see you! You used to buy clothes-pins from me when I was a lit­tle gip­sy boy. Do you re­mem­ber one day when I sang for you and ran away?

Yes, she said, and let me tell you about it. My daugh­ter, a girl in her teens, was in the room, and as you sang she came and stood beside me. When you had gone, she said:

Mother, if a poor lit­tle gip­sy boy is able to love and con­fess Je­sus I think I ought to love Him too.

So we kneeled down to­ge­ther, and my daugh­ter gave her heart to Je­sus. She is here with me to­day, and has now child­ren of her own, and all these years she has been a true fol­low­er of Je­sus.

Sing the gospel, if you have a voice. You can ne­ver tell in whose hearts your words may find a lodg­ing.

Record of Chris­tian Work (East North­field, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Re­cord of Chris­tian Work Com­pa­ny), Vol­ume 40, num­ber 1, Jan­u­a­ry 1921, page 1.

Who’ll be the next to follow Jesus?
Who’ll be the next His cross to bear?
Some one is ready, someone is waiting;
Who’ll be the next a crown to wear?

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Who’ll be the next? Who’ll be the next?
Who’ll be the next to follow Jesus?
Who’ll be the next to follow Jesus now?
Follow Jesus now?

Who’ll be the next to follow Jesus—
Follow His weary, bleeding feet?
Who’ll be the next to lay every burden
Down at the Father’s mercy seat?

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Who’ll be the next to follow Jesus?
Who’ll be the next to praise His name?
Who’ll swell the chorus of free redemption,
Sing, Hallelujah! praise the Lamb?

Refrain

Who’ll be the next to follow Jesus
Down thro’ the Jordan’s rolling tide?
Who’ll be the next to join with the ransomed,
Singing upon the other side?

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