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O Christian, Speed Thee

O Christian, speed thee on thy way

Author: John Henry Yates
Tune: [O Christian, speed thee on thy way]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 O Christian, speed thee on thy way,
Lay every burden down;
For thee the King doth now display,
In realms of everlasting day,
A never fading crown,
A never fading crown.

Then speed away! then speed away!
Lay every burden down,
O look not back, but onward press,
And gain the promised crown.

2 Forget the things which are behind—
The sins and follies past;
Increasing strength thy soul shall find;
Then onward, onward like the wind,
And to the course hold fast,
And to the course hold fast. [Refrain]

3 A cloud of witnesses behold
Thy progress in the way;
Press on! thy triumph shall be told
By angel choirs with harps of gold,
When comes the crowning day,
When comes the crowning day. [Refrain]

4 On Jesus fix thy longing eyes;
The Author of thy faith
Shall help thee win the glorious prize,
And bid thee welcome to the skies,
When fall the shades of death,
When fall the shades of death. [Refrain]

Source: Christian Endeavor Hymns #56

Author: John Henry Yates

Rev. John H. Yates, was born in Batavia, N. Y., November 31, 1837. He was educated at the Batavia Union School, but at the age of eighteen was forced to engage in business as a clerk to help maintain his aged parents. For several years he was with his brother, Thomas Yates, in the shoe business; afterwards, for seven years, salesman in G. B. Worthington's hardware store. In 1871 he took charge of the fancy goods department in E. L. & G. D. Kenyon's double store and remained there fifteen years. In 1886 he was called to be local editor of the Progressive Batavian, and filled the position nearly ten years. When twenty-one years of age Mr. Yates was licensed to preach in the Methodist church, but was not ordained until 1897. For nearly seven y… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O Christian, speed thee on thy way
Title: O Christian, Speed Thee
Author: John Henry Yates
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Then speed away! then speed away
Copyright: Public Domain


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Christian Endeavor Hymns #56

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