570. O Christians, Haste

1 O Christians, haste, your mission high fulfilling,
To tell to all the world that God is light,
That he who made all nations is not willing
One soul should perish, lost in shades of night. [Refrain]

Publish glad tidings,
Tidings of peace,
Tidings of Jesus,
Redemption and release.

2 Behold how many thousands still are lying
Bound in the dreary prison-house of sin
With none to tell them of the Savior's dying
Or of the life he died for them to win. [Refrain]

3 Proclaim to ev'ry people, tongue, and nation
That God, in whom they live and move, is love;
Tell how he stooped to save his lost creation
And died on earth that they might live above. [Refrain]

4 Send heralds forth to bear the message glorious;
Give of your wealth to speed them on their way;
Pour out your soul for them in prayer victorious;
O Christians, haste to bring the brighter day! [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: O Christians, haste, your mission high fulfilling
Title: O Christians, Haste
Author: Mary A. Thomson, 1834-1923 (abr., alt.)
Refrain First Line: Publish glad tidings
Meter: 11 10 11 10 with Refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Missions
Tune Information
Composer: Bruce R. Backer, b. 1929
Meter: 11 10 11 10 with Refrain
Key: B♭ Major
Copyright: Tune and Setting: © 1993 Bruce R. Backer. Used by permission.

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