Scripture Verse

Preach the Gospel in the regions beyond. 2 Corinthians 10:16

Introduction

Words: Grace P. Turn­bull, in Scrip­tur­al Songs (Me­mo­ri­al Ed­i­tion), edited by Mary E. Cur­ri­er (Spring­field, Mas­sa­chu­setts: R. B. Cur­ri­er, 1908), num­ber 24, alt.

Music: Troyes George C. Steb­bins, 1913 Ap­peared in Im­man­u­el’s Praise, ed­ite­d by Charles M. Al­ex­an­der, J. Fred Scho­field & George Steb­bins (New York; Chi­cago, Il­li­nois; and Tor­on­to, Canada: Flem­ing H. Re­vell, 1914), num­ber 134. Ar­ranged by Richard W. Adams, 2022 (pub­lic do­main) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

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George C. Stebbins
1846–1945

Lyrics

“Why didn’t you tell us sooner?
The words came sad and low;
O ye who know the Gospel truths,
Why didn’t you let us know?
The Savior died for all the world,
He died to save from woe;
But we never heard the story,
Why didn’t you let us know?

“You have had the Gospel message,
You have known the Savior’s love;
Your dear ones passed from Christian homes,
To the blessèd land above.
Why did you let our fathers die,
And into silence go?
With no thought of Christ to comfort,
Why didn’t you let us know?

“You say you are Christ’s disciples,
That you try His work to do;
And yet His very last command
Is disobeyed by you.
’Tis indeed a wondrous story!
He loved the whole world so,
That He came and died to save us!
Why didn’t you let us know?

“O souls redeemed by Jesus,
Think what your Lord hath done!
He came to earth and suffered,
And died for everyone.
He expected you to tell it!
As on your way you go;
But you kept the message from us!
Why didn’t you let us know?

“O hear the pathetic crying,
Ye who dwell in Christian lands!
For Africa stands before you,
With pleading, outstretched hands;
You may not be able now to come,
But some in your stead may go;
Will you not send us teachers?
Will you not let us know?”