"Whosoever Will"

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1 "Whosoever heareth," shout, shout the sound!
Spread the blessed tidings all the world around;
Tell the joyful news wherever man is found,
"Whosoever will may come."

Refrain:
Whosoever will, whosoever will!
Send the proclamation over vale and hill;
'Tis a loving Father calls the wanderer home.
"Whosoever will may come."

2 Whosoever cometh need not delay,
Now the door is open, enter while you may;
Jesus is the true, the only Living Way:
"Whosoever will may come." [Refrain]

3 "Whosoever will," the promise is secure;
"Whosoever will," forever must endure;
"Whosoever will," 'tis life forever more;
"Whosoever will may come." [Refrain]

Source: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #233

Author: P. P. Bliss

Philip P. Bliss (b. Clearfield County, PA, 1838; d. Ashtabula, OH, 1876) left home as a young boy to make a living by working on farms and in lumber camps, all while trying to continue his schooling. He was converted at a revival meeting at age twelve. Bliss became an itinerant music teacher, making house calls on horseback during the winter, and during the summer attending the Normal Academy of Music in Genesco, New York. His first song was published in 1864, and in 1868 Dwight L. Moody advised him to become a singing evangelist. For the last two years of his life Bliss traveled with Major D. W. Whittle and led the music at revival meetings in the Midwest and Southern United States. Bliss and Ira D. Sankey published a popular series of hym… Go to person page >

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First Line: "Whosoever heareth" shout, shout the sound!
Title: "Whosoever Will"
Author: P. P. Bliss (1870)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.7.7
Language: English
Refrain First Line: "Whosoever will, whosoever will!"
Notes: German translation: See "Wer do vill der nehme", "Wer do will der komme" by W. Rauschenbusch; Swahili translation: See "Anisikiaye, aliye yote"; Swedish translation: See "Hvar och en som hör, o lhufliga ord"
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Whosoever heareth, shout, shout the sound. Jesus the Way. Written during the winter of 1869-70 after hearing Mr. H. Moorhouse (from England) preach on St. John iii. 16.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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