9223. Go, Messenger Of Peace And Love

1 Go, messenger of peace and love,
To nations plunged in shades of night;
Like Gabriel, sent from fields above,
Be thine to shed celestial light.

2 On barren rock and desert isle,
Go, bid the Rose of Sharon bloom,
Till arid wastes around thee smile,
Rich as the dews from morning’s womb.

3 Go, to the hungry food impart,
To paths of peace the wanderer guide;
And lead the thirsty panting heart
Where streams of living water glide.

4 Go, bid the bright and morning star,
From Bethlehem’s plains resplendent shine,
And, piercing through the gloom, afar
Shed heav’nly light and love divine.

5 To India’s various castes proclaim
The Gospel’s soft, but powerful voice;
And, at the blest Redeemer’s name,
Let ocean’s lonely isles rejoice.

6 Proclaim salvation’s joyful sound—
The deaf with new delight shall hear;
Tell them the Savior binds each wound,
And wipes the penitential tear.

7 Though thou art weak, the Lord is strong;
He will confirm thy feeble arm;
His servants shall not suffer wrong,
Nor wrath of man His prophets harm.

8 From north to south, from east to west,
Messiah yet shall reign supreme;
His name, by every tongue confessed;
His praise, the universal theme.

9 Then faint not in the day of toil,
When harvest waits the reaper’s hand;
Go, gather in the glorious spoil,
And joyous in His presence stand.

10 Thy love a rich reward shall find
From Him who sits enthroned on high;
For they who turn the erring mind
Shall shine like stars above the sky.

Text Information
First Line: Go, messenger of peace and love
Title: Go, Messenger Of Peace And Love
Author: Alexander Balfour
Meter: LM
Language: English
Source: A New Selection of Hymns (London: J. Haddon, 1828)
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: MISSIONARY CHANT
Composer: Heinrich Christoph Zeuner (1832)
Meter: LM
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain



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