Scripture Verse

Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15


Words: Ca­the­rine H. John­son, May 9, 1872, for a meet­ing of the Wo­men’s For­eign Mis­sion­ary So­c­i­e­ty of Bal­ti­more, Ma­ry­land.

Music: Roll­in C. Ward (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ward or John­son (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


The whole wide world for Jesus!
Once more before we part,
Ring out the joyful watchword,
From every grateful heart.
The whole wide world for Jesus!
Be this our battle cry,
The lifted cross our banner,
A sign to conquer by!


Then lift the banner high
This is our battle cry:
The cross of Jesus at our side,
We’d conquer by and by.
Ring out the joyous sound,
Let hills and vales resound;
The whole wide world for Christ
Till all have His salvation found.

The whole wide world for Jesus!
From out the golden gate,
Thro’ all Pacific’s islands,
To China’s princely state;
From India’s vales and mountains,
Thro’ Persia’s land of bloom,
To storied Palestina,
And Afric’s desert gloom.


The whole wide world for Jesus
Thro’ all its fragrant zones!
Ring out again the watchword,
In loftiest, gladdest tones.
The whole wide world for Jesus!
We’ll sing the song with prayer,
And link the prayer with labor,
Till Christ His crown shall wear.