Scripture Verse

Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19–20

Introduction

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Samuel F. Smith
(1808–1895)

Words: Sam­u­el F. Smith, in the Man­u­al of Chris­tian Psalm­o­dy, ed­it­ed by Ru­fus Bab­cock, Da­vid Greene & Lo­well Ma­son (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Per­kins & Mar­vin, 1832), pag­es 577–78. Mis­sion­a­ry Fare­well.

Music: Se­gur Jo­seph P. Hol­brook, 1862 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Sicilian Mar­in­ers, from The Eur­o­pe­an Ma­ga­zine and Lon­don Re­view, No­vem­ber 1792 (🔊 pdf nwc)
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Joseph P. Holbrook
(1822–1888)

Lyrics

Yes, my native land, I love thee;
All thy scenes, I love them well;
Friends, connections, happy country!
Can I bid you all farewell?
Can I leave you—can I leave you,
Far in heathen lands to dwell?

Home! thy joys are passing lovely;
Joys no stranger-heart can tell!
Happy home! ’tis sure I love thee!
Can I—can I say—Farewell?
Can I leave you—can I leave you,
Far in heathen lands to dwell?

Scenes of sacred peace and pleasure,
Holy days and Sabbath bell.
Richest, brightest, sweetest treasure!
Can I say a last farewell?
Can I leave you—can I leave you,
Far in heathen lands to dwell?

Yes! I hasten from you gladly,
From the scenes I loved so well!
Far away, ye billows, bear me;
Lovely native land, farewell!
Pleased I leave thee—pleased I leave thee
Far in heathen lands to dwell.

In the deserts let me labor,
On the mountains let me tell
How He died—the blessèd Savior—
To redeem a world from hell!
Let me hasten, let me hasten
Far in heathen lands to dwell.

Bear me on, thou restless ocean;
Let the winds my canvas swell—
Heaves my heart with warm emotion,
While I go far hence to dwell.
Glad I bid thee, glad I bid thee,
Native land! Farewell—Farewell!