Scripture Verse

Go…teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.@Matthew 28:19

Introduction

Words: George T. S. Far­quhar, in The Church­man’s Trea­su­ry of Song, ed­ite­d by John Hen­ry Burn (Lon­don: Me­thu­en, 1907), pages 219–20.

Music: Top­la­dy Tho­mas Hast­ings, 1830 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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portrait
Thomas Hastings
(1784–1872)

Lyrics

Wide the compass of the world,
Peopled by a countless host;
And the flag of sin unfurled
Waves in pride o’er every coast!
Therefore, Lord, we said: In vain
Strive we to enlarge Thy reign!

Yet we hear Thy sure command:
Go and make your voices ring
With My Gospel in each land,
Till the nations own Me King!

Therefore woe be on us, Lord,
Should we fail to preach Thy Word!

Something greater, too, than fear
Sways us now with fond control:
Moved by love, we know how dear
Is Thy service to the soul!
Therefore, Lord, we will proclaim
Joyfully Thy blessèd Name!

What though we ourselves are weak
And the task beyond our power?
Thou, O Lord, to those who seek,
Givest grace from hour to hour.
Therefore we advance to fight,
Sure of victory by Thy might!