23. Scattering Precious Seed

In the refrain, the women sing the first part slowly while the men sing the words in parentheses as a counterpoint.

Verse 1:
Scattering precious seed by the wayside,
Scattering precious seed by the hillside;
Scattering precious seed o’er the field wide,
Scattering precious seed by the way.

Refrain:
Sowing in the morning, (Sowing the precious seed, Sowing the precious seed,)
Sowing at the noontide; (Sowing the seed at noontide, Sowing the precious seed,)
Sowing in the ev’ning, (Sowing the precious seed, Sowing the precious seed,)
Sowing the precious seed by the way. (by the way.)

Verse 2:
Scattering precious seed for the growing,
Scattering precious seed, freely sowing;
Scattering precious seed, trusting, knowing,
Surely the Lord will send it the rain.

Verse 3:
Scattering precious seed, doubting never,
Scattering precious seed, trusting ever;
Sowing the word with pray’r and endeavor,
Trusting the Lord for growth and the yield.

W.A. Ogden/Geo.C. Hugg

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22. Showers of Blessing

This is not the “Showers of Blessing” that is most commonly sung, but another song entirely. In the refrain, the words in parentheses are sung by the men while the women sing the ones before to another tempo.

“And I will cause the showers to come down in his season”–Ezekiel 34:26

Verse 1:
Here in Thy name we are gathered,
Come and revive us, O Lord;
“There shall be showers of blessing,”
Thou hast declared in thy word.

Refrain:
Oh, graciously hear us, (graciously hear us,)
Graciously hear us, we pray:
Pour from Thy windows upon us (Lord, pour upon us)
Showers of blessing today.

Verse 2:
Oh, that the showers of blessing
Now on our souls may descend,
While at the footstool of mercy
Pleading Thy promise we bend!

Verse 3:
There shall be showers of blessing,
Promise that never can fail;
Thou wilt regard our petition,
Surely our faith will prevail.

Verse 4:
Showers of blessing, we need them,
Showers of blessing from Thee;
Showers of blessing, oh grant them,
Thine all the glory shall be.

Jennie Garnett/Jno.R. Sweeney
1888

21. Blind Bartimeus

Verse 1:
Whence Jesus came, I cannot tell,
Nor why He came to me;
One thing I know, and know it well:
Tho’ I was blind, I see!
I once was blind but now I see!
And this is news enough for me,
And this is news enough for me.

Verse 2:
When all was dark, One touch’d my eyes,
And that is all I know;
For light came down from paradise,
And set my soul aglow.
I once was blind but now I see!
And that is light enough for me,
And that is light enough for me.

Verse 3:
How it was done, I cannot say,
Nor even think nor dream;
Nor why a touch of moistened clay
Should make things what they seem.
I once was blind but now I see!
And that is truth enough for me,
And that is truth enough for me.

Verse 4:
It is the Son of God!
His grace makes trembling weakness strong;
Wipes tears away from sorrow’s face,
And teaches grief a song.
I once was blind but now I see!
And that is joy enough for me,
And that is joy enough for me.

Mrs. J.F.K./Mrs. Joseph F. Knapp
1893

20. Jesus for Me

“Day’sman” in Verse 3 is an archaic (out of use) word for “mediator”, the idea being that, on the day set aside for arbitration, this person would plead your case.

Verse 1:
Jesus, my Savior, is all things to me,
Oh, what a wonderful Savior is He:
Guiding, protecting, o’er life’s rolling sea,
Might Deliv’rer–Jesus for me.

Refrain:
Jesus for me,
Jesus for me,
All the time, ev’rywhere,
Jesus for me.

Verse 2:
Jesus in sickness, and Jesus in health,
Jesus in poverty, comfort or wealth,
Sunshine or tempest, whatever it be,
He is my safety;–Jesus for me.

Verse 3:
He is my Refuge, my Rock, and my Tower,
He is my Fortress, my Strength and my Power;
Life everlasting, my Day’sman is He,
Blessed Redeemer–Jesus for me.

Verse 4:
He is my Prophet, my Priest and my King,
He is my Bread of Life, Fountain and Spring;
Bright Son of Righteousness, Daystar is He,
Horn of Salvation–Jesus for me.

Verse 5:
Jesus in sorrow, in joy, or in pain,
Jesus, my Treasure in loss or in gain;
Constant Companion, where’er I may be,
Living or dying–Jesus for me.

W.J.K./Wm.J. Kirkpatrick
1885

19. Anything, Lord, for Thee

Verse 1:
What wouldst Thou have me to do, Lord?
Whatever it may be,
Though mine is a weak and trembling hand,
I’m willing to do at Thy command
Anything, Lord, for Thee,
Anything, Lord, anything, Lord, anything, Lord, for Thee;
I’m willing to do at Thy command,
Anything, Lord, for Thee.

Verse 2:
Where wouldst thou have me to go, Lord?
Wherever it may be,
My feet Thou hast placed on the King’s highway,
Thy grace doth enable me to say,
Anywhere, Lord, for Thee,
Anywhere, Lord, anywhere, Lord, anywhere, Lord,for Thee;
Thy grace doth enable me to say,
Anywhere, Lord, for Thee.

Verse 3:
What wouldst Thou have me to yield, Lord?
Whatever it may be,
All , all that I have and am is Thine,
And willingly, gladly I resign
Ev’rything, Lord, for Thee,
Ev’rything, Lord, ev’rything, Lord, ev’rything, Lord, for Thee;
Now willingly, gladly I resign,
Ev’rything, Lord, for Thee.

Verse 4:
What is Thy will for me now, Lord?
Whatever it may be,
Though worldlings may seek what the world can give,
I covenant here henceforth to live,
Ev’ry day, Lord, for Thee,
Ev’ry day, Lord, ev’ry day, Lord, ev’ry day, Lord, for Thee;
I covenant here henceforth to live
Every day, Lord, for Thee.

E.E. Williams/H.L. Gilmoure
1893

18. Brought Back

Verse 1:
How restless the soul of the wand’rer from Jesus!
No spot in the wide world can comfort afford.
Unconscious he drifts in the waves of his folly,
Still farther and farther away from his Lord.
Yet still there are moments of fond recollection,
When bright scenes of childhood come back to his view,
And chords of “sweet home” that have long been reposing,
By fingers unseen are awakened anew.

Verse 2:
His soul in sad exile now longs for the homestead,
And deep’ning convictions are tossing his breast.
He hears as in childhood, those sweet words of Jesus,
“Come, all ye that labor, and I’ll give you rest.”
He listens! the Spirit repeats the sweet message,
And turning from folly no longer to roam,
He ventures in weakness, but strength is imparted;
And gladly he’s welcomed by Father at home.

Verse 3:
New songs of rejoicing now thrill that old homestead,
The best robe bro’t forth, ring and shoes for His feet;
He’s clad in the garments His Father provided,
Has feasting for famine, and resting complete.
Come, ye that are wand’ring, now haste to Savior,
He patiently lingers to lavish His love;
His arm is outstretched to rescue the needy,
And bring you to mansions He’s promised above.

R.L. Gilmour/Arr. by J.J.R.
1891

17. The Blood-Washed Pilgrim

All capitalizations are as in the original. Since “sceptre” is again spelt in the British fashion as it was in the last hymn, it must have been standard usage at the time. Unfortunately, no date is given for this hymn, so I cannot compare its timeframe to that of the previous.

Verse 1:
I saw a blood-washed pilgrim,
A sinner saved by grace,
Upon the King’s great highway,
With peaceful, shining face.
Temptations sore beset Him,
But nothing could afright,
He said, “the yoke is easy,
The burden, it is light.”

Refrain:
Oh, palms of victory, crowns of glory,
Palms of victory I shall wear.

Verse 2:
His helmet was Salvation,
A simple Faith his shield,
And Righteousness his breastplate;
The Spirit’s sword he’d wield.
All fiery darts arrested,
And quenched their blazing flight;
He cried, “The yoke is easy,
The burden, it is light.”

Verse 3:
I saw Him in the furnace,
He doubted not, nor feared,
And in the flames beside him
The Son of God appeared.
Tho’ seven times ’twas heated
With all the tempter’s might,
He said, “The yoke is easy,
The burden, it is light.”

Verse 4:
Mid storms, and clouds, and trials,
In prison, at the stake,
He leaped for joy, rejoicing,
‘Twas all for Jesus’ sake.
That God should count him worthy,
Was such supreme delight,
He cried, “The yoke is easy,
The burden, it is light.”

Verse 5:
I saw him overcoming,
Through all the swelling strife,
Until he crossed the threshold
Of God’s Eternal Life.
The Crown, the Throne, the Sceptre,
The Name, the Stone so White,
Were his, who found, in Jesus,
The yoke and burden light.

R.K. Carter/Rev. J. Matthias