130. Adoption

Verse 1: 
How happy ev’ry child of grace, 
Who knows his sins forgiv’n! 
“This earth,” he cries, “is not my place, 
I seek my place in heav’n, 
A country far from mortal sight; 
Yes, oh, by faith I see 
The land of rest, the saints’ delight, 
The heav’n prepared for me.”  

Refrain: 
I’ll see Jesus! That will be the sweetest recompense for all sorrow felt while here below.

Verse 2: 
Oh, what a blessed hope is ours! 
While here on earth we stay, 
We more than taste the heav’nly pow’rs, 
And antedate that day:
We feel the resurrection near, 
Our life in Christ concealed, 
And with His glorious presence here 
Our earthen vessels filled.  

Verse 3: 
Oh, would He more of heav’n bestow, 
The word of welcome speak, 
And let our ransomed spirits go 
To grasp the God we seek; 
In rapturous awe on Him to gaze, 
Who bought the sight for me; 
And shout and wonder at His grace 
Through all eternity.  

Charles Wesley/R. Jay Powell 
1894 

129. Lord, I’m Coming Home

Verse 1: 
I’ve wandered far away from God,
Now I’m coming home; 
The paths of sin too long I’ve trod, 
Lord, I’m coming home.  

Refrain: 
Coming home, coming home, 
Never more to roam; 
Open wide Thine arms of love, 
Lord, I’m coming home.  

Verse 2: 
I’ve wasted many precious years, 
Now I’m coming home; 
I now repent with bitter tears, 
Lord, I’m coming home.  

Verse 3: 
I’m tired of sin and straying, Lord, 
Now I’m coming home; 
I’ll trust of Thy love, believe Thy word, 
Lord, I’m coming home.  

Verse 4: 
My soul is sick, my heart is sore, 
Now I’m coming home; 
My strength renew, my hope restore, 
Lord, I’m coming home.  

W.J.K./W. J. Kirkpatrick 
1892 

128 Speak Just a Word

Verse 1:
Speak just a word for your Master and your Lord, 
Speak just a word, speak just a word; 
Stand in His name, let your loyal voice be heard; 
Speak just a word for Jesus. 
Speak just a word, oh, confess your Savior King; 
He listens, listens near,  
Oh, never, never fear; 
Come to His altar a sacrifice to bring, 
Speak just a word for Jesus.  

Refrain: 
Speak just a word, He will teach you what to say, 
Speak just a word; His the result, ours is only to obey, 
Speak just a word for Jesus.  

Verse 2: 
Speak just a word when about your daily task, 
Speak just a word, speak just a word; 
He giveth grace unto all who truly ask, 
Speak just a word for Jesus. 
He calls you friend, oh, the wonders of His grace! 
He listens, listens near,  
Oh, never, never fear; 
Talk of your Lord and His love in ev’ry place, 
Speak just a word for Jesus.  

Verse 3: 
Speak just a word, for wherever you may go, 
Speak just a word, speak just a word; 
Sad hearts are longing the way of life to know 
Speak just a word for Jesus. 
Some little word He may use to cheer and bless, 
He listens, listens near, 
Oh, never, never fear; 
Some little word He may use to cheer and bless, 
Speak just a word for Jesus.  

Verse 4: 
Speak just a word, if a “cross” it seems to be, 
Speak just a word, speak just a word; 
Think of the true cross upraised on Calvary, 
Speak just a word for Jesus. 
Lift up the banner of Him who died for you, 
He listens, listens near, 
Oh, never, never fear;
He calls for witnesses, loyal hearts and true, 
Speak just a word for Jesus.  

L.R.M./Lucy Rider Meter 
1894 

127. Use Me, Savior

As in many song refrains, the women begin and are echoed by the men. 

Verse 1: 
Use me, O my gracious Savior, 
Use me, Lord, as pleaseth Thee; 
Nothing done for Thee so lowly 
But is great enough for me. 

Refrain: 
Use..........me, 
      (Use me, O my Savior,)
Use..........me, 
      (Use me, O my Savior,)
Use me as it pleaseth Thee; 
Use..........me, 
      (Use me, O my Savior,) 
Use..........me, 
      (Use me, O my Savior,) 
Use me as it pleaseth Thee. 

Verse 2: 
Be it noon or be it midnight,
Weary watch or blaze of day, 
Shouting with the happy reapers,
Toiling in the hidden way.

Verse 3: 
Pride of will and lust of station,
Lord, I would from all be free,
And the only honor seeking,
Lord, to be of use to Thee.  

Fred. Woodrow/Chas. H. Gabriel 
1891

126. Eye hath not Seen

I Cor. 2:9

In the refrain, the women begin and are echoed by the men (in parentheses). 

Verse 1: 

"Eye hath not seen" the city of the King,
The pearly gates, the gleam of jasper walls;
The Father’s house, with mansions all so fair,
O’er which the light of glory falls.

Refrain"
"Eye hath not seen"…....... "eye hath not seen" 
     ("Eye hath not seen"          "eye hath not seen") 
The glory of the world to come; 
(The glory of the world, the world to come;) 
"Eye hath not seen"….......nor can the heart conceive 
     ("Eye hath not seen"          nor can the heart conceive) 
The glory of our heav’nly home..... 
 (The glory of our heav’nly home, our heav’nly home).  

Verse 2: 
"Eye hath not seen" the upper fold of love,
The golden crowns, the shining robes of white; 
The tree of life beside the crystal stream, 
That glistens in the perfect light. 

Verse 3: 
"Eye hath not seen" the glad, eternal day, 
The victor’s palms, the harps that sweetly ring; 
The sainted band around the shining throne, 
Who praise the glory of the King. 

E. A. Barnes/Jno. R. Sweney 
1893 

125. I Love Him Far Better

If you will recall, "today" began as two words and gradually became one word. At this time, it was in the hyphenated stage.

Verse 1:
It pays to serve Jesus, I speak from my heart;
He'll always be with us, if we do our part;
There's naught in this wide world can pleasure afford,
There's peace and contentment in serving the Lord.

Refrain:
I love Him far better than days of yore,
I'll serve Him more truly than ever before,
I'll do as He bids me whatever the cost,
I'll be a true soldier,--I'll die at my post.

Verse 2:
And oft when I'm tempted to turn from the track,
I think of my Savior,--my mind wanders back
To the place where they nailed Him on Calvary's tree--
I hear a voice saying,--I suffered for thee!

Verse 3:
There's a place that remembrance still brings back to me,
'Twas there I found pardon,--'twas heaven to me;
There Jesus spoke sweetly to my weary soul,
My sins were forgiven, He made my heart whole.

Verse 4:
How rich is the blessing the world cannot give,
I'm satisfied fully for Jesus to live,
Tho' friends may forsake me and trials arise,
I am trusting in Jesus, His love never dies.

Verse 5:
There is no one like Jesus can cheer me to-day,
His love and His kindness can ne'er fade away,
In winter, in summer, in sunshine and rain,
His love and affection are always the same.

Verse 6:
Will you have this blessing that Jesus bestows,
A free, full salvation--as ev'ry one knows?
Oh, sinner, poor sinner, to Calvary flee.
The blood of my Savior was shed there for thee.

E.G.C./Eli G. Christy
1894 Jno. R. Sweney

124. In the Shadow of Thy Wing

As usual, in the refrain, the women sing the top line and the men echo with the words in parentheses.

Verse 1:
He that dwelleth in the presence
Of the Highest shall abide
Where no trouble ever cometh,
Where no evil can betide.

Refrain: 
Hide me in the secret
               (Hide me in the secret)
Of Thy presence,
O my King,
          (O my King,)
Where no storms................may ever gather,
          (storms may ever gather, Where no storms may ever gather,)
In the shadow of Thy wing.

Verse 2:
When the clouds of sorrow gather,
And the billows o'er me roll,
Safe within His blest pavilion
He will hide my weary soul.

Verse 3:
I will plead the precious promise
Of His tender, loving care,
For the destitute and needy,
And He will regard my prayer.

Verse 4:
And the angry waves shall slumber
At the bidding of His will;
He will calm the raging tumult
With His gentle, "Peace, be still."

Amelia M. Starkweather/Jno. R. Sweney
1885 Jno. R. Sweney

123. The Cleansing Blood

As usual, the women sing the top line of the refrain and the men sing the bottom line.
 
Verse 1:
Only the blood of Jesus,
Is my hope and plea;
Only the blood of Jesus,
Shed on Calvary.
 
Refrain:
On----------ly the blood,………can wash our sins away,
(Only the crimson blood of the Lamb can wash our sins away,)
On----------ly the blood,………can wash our sins away.
(Only the crimson blood of the Lamb can wash our sins away.)
 
Verse 2:
Only the blood of Jesus,
Naught of self I claim;
Only the blood of Jesus,
Can remove the stain.
 
Verse 3:
Only the blood of Jesus,
This I surely know,
Only the blood of Jesus,
Cleanses white as snow.
 
Verse 4:
Only the blood of Jesus,
Can my joys reveal;
Only the blood of Jesus,
Can my spirit seal.
 
C.A.S./C.S. Snow
1894 D. Elderkin

122. Oh, Wanderer Lost

Verse 1:
Oh, wanderer lost in the darkness,
Entangled by many a snare,
And seeking a pathway of safety
Amid the wild rocks of despair;
Oh, do you not see the bright vision,
That scatters the  darkness of night?
The Son of man, seeking the lost ones,
And bringing them forth to the light.
 
Refrain:
Sing glory to Jesus, He’s coming this way,
Bright star of the morning that heralds the day,
Oh, glory to Jesus, He hears the sad cry,
“Lord, save or I perish, save me or I die.”
 
Verse 2:
Oh, weary one bearing thy burden;
Oh, fallen one crushed ‘neath thy load,
Thy feet unprotected and bleeding,
And rocky and jagged the road;
There’s one bending over to help thee
Who knoweth thy grief and dismay;
The Son of man, seeking the lost ones,
Hath travel’d the very same way.
 
Verse 3:
Oh, hopeless one stain’d with dishonor;
Oh, lost one whom kindred disowns;
Deceived by the voice of the tempter,
Who promised thee titles and thrones;
Thy substance devour’d by the stranger,
Thy heart sick with hope still deferr’d.
The Son of man, seeking the lost ones,
Thy pitiful moanings hath heard.
 
J.M.W./J.M. White
1894 R.R. McCabe & Co.
 
 

121. A Little More Prayer

Verse 1:
A little more pray’r as the years roll by,
A stronger faith as the moments fly,
A closer grasp of the Father’s hand,
As we journey on to the promised land.
 
Refrain:
A little more faith, a little more pray’r,
A little more rest in our Father’s care,
And a closer grasp of His mighty hand,
For He leads us on to the promised land.
 
Verse 2:
A little more help for our neighbor’s need,
A kinder heart, and a nobler deed,
A deeper sense of our Savior’s love,
And a brighter view of the home above.
 
Verse 3:
A little more praise for the hidden joy,
A sweeter song shall our lips employ,
A purer soul ‘neath the crimson flow,
And a richer life, where His graces grow.
 
E. E. Hewitt/Jno. R. Sweney
1894 Jno. R. Sweney