Whosoever will, let him take the free gift of the water of life.@Revelation 22:17

Philip P. Bliss, in the Prize, by George F. Root (Cincinnati, Ohio: John Church & Company, 1870) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Whosoever Will may Come was written during the winter of 1869 and ’70, after hearing Henry Moorhouse, of England, preach from the text, God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life, John iii, 16. Mr. Moorhouse preached every night for a week from this same text, and the new views of the freeness and fullness of the invitation of the Gospel to sinners that many Christians in Chicago [Illinois] at that time received, are well expressed in Mr. Bliss’ hymn.

Whittle, p. 129

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Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876)

Whosoever heareth, shout, shout the sound!
Spread the blessèd tidings all the world around;
Spread the joyful news wherever man is found;
Whosoever will may come.

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Whosoever will, whosoever will,
Send the proclamation over vale and hill;
’Tis a loving Father, calls the wanderer home:
Whosoever will, may come.

Whosoever cometh need not delay,
Now the door is open, enter while you may;
Jesus is the true, the only Living Way;
Whosoever will may come.

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Whosoever will, the promise secure,
Whosoever will, forever must endure;
Whosoever will, ’tis life forevermore:
Whosoever will may come.

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