No. 152 Draw Me to Thee

I haven’t posted a hymn in awhile, but it seems appropriate that this is the one to be posted on the Thursday before Easter. Did Christ not come to draw all men to Him?

Verse 1:
What is it keeps me from the fold?
Why do I stay in the darkness and cold?
Why do I suffer this anguish untold?
O Jesus, draw me to Thee.

Jesus, my heart is yearning for Thee,
Jesus, my heart is yearning for Thee,
Come to my rescue, dear Savior, to-day,
Break ev’ry bond that keeps me away,
O Jesus, draw me to Thee.

Verse 2:
Is it the tempter’s cruel hold,
Have I by self unto him been sold?
Jesus o’er Satan has power untold,
O Jesus, draw me to Thee.

Verse 3:
How I have suffered because of sin,
How I have prayed for Thy coming within,
How I have longed for Thy life to begin,
O Jesus, draw me to Thee.

D.C.C./David C. Cook/Harmonized by T.M.T.


No. 151

No title is given and I am unfamiliar with this hymn.

Verse 1:
Ask, and it shall be given,
Seek Him and you shall find.
Knock and it shall be opened,
For the Lord is kind.
Come with the faith of children,
Trusting a Savior’s love,
Tell Him your wants are many;
Look in faith above.

Verse 2:
Pray in the early morning,
Pray in the golden noon,
Pray in the starlight gloaming,
Faith brings answer soon.
Prayer is a precious incense,
Always to Him most dear;
His kindness faileth never,
He will surely hear.

Marian W. Hubbard

No. 150

No title is given for this hymn. “Lays” is an old word for “songs” or “hymns”. I really like that the author of this hymn has the last name “Medley”.

Verse 1:
Awake, my soul, in joyful lays,
And sing thy great Redeemer’s praise;
He justly claims a song from me,
His loving-kindness is so free.

Verse 2:
Through mighty hosts of cruel foes,
Where earth and hell my way oppose,
He safely leads my soul along,
His loving-kindness is so strong.

Verse 3:
So when I pass death’s gloomy vale,
And life and mortal powers shall fail,
Oh, may my last expiring breath
His loving-kindness sing in death.

Verse 4:
Then shall I mount and soar away
To the bright world of endless day;
There shall I sing, with sweet surprise,
His loving-kindness in the skies.

Rev. Samuel Medley

No. 149 Work and Pray

Verse 1:
Up, friends of Jesus, the harvest now is white;
Work will soon be over, fast falls the shade of night;
Strong in His strength, let us bind the golden sheaves,
Could we meet the Master with naught but leaves?

Work and pray, yes, work and pray,
Let the watchword pass along,
Work and play,
Now while ’tis day,
Come and join our happy throng.

Verse 2:
Up, friends of Jesus, for time will soon be o’er,
Harvest days are passing to come again no more;
Wake from repose, hear the Master calling still,
Rise to earnest effort with right good will.

Verse 3:
Shout, friends of Jesus, for when our work is done,
Joyful we will gather to greet the harvest home;
Then let us hasten the golden sheaves to bind,
Rest and life eternal we all shall find.

Kate Sumner Burr/M.J. Munger

No. 148 I’ll Give My Heart to Thee

This has a four part chorus; soprano, alto, tenor and bass.

Verse 1:
Loving, I’ll go to the Savior’s side,
Blessed Jesus, He will provide!
And He will open the gates so wide,
To bid me enter in.

Yes, loving, I’ll go to Him,
All sorrows I’ll leave with Him;
My heart will I give to Him,
Christ, the Savior dear.

Yes, loving, I’ll go to Him
All sorrows I’ll leave with Him;
My heart will I give to Him,
Christ, the Savior dear.

Yes, loving, we’ll go to Him,
All sorrows we’ll leave with Him;
Glad hearts will we bring to Him,
Christ, the Savior dear.

Yes, I will go, go to Him,
Sorrow and care leave with Him,
…Savior dear.

Verse 2:
Singing so joyously, angels stand,
Shining host of the promised land,
Glad that I’ve given my heart and hand
To Christ, the Lord of all.

Verse 3:
Tenderly caring for you and me,
Jesus giveth His love so free!
Haste, then, His dutiful child to be,
And ye shall enter in.

J.C.M./J.C. Macy

No. 147 Enter In

Verse 1:
Heav’n is worth the earnest seeking,
Enter in, enter in;
This the word that Christ is speaking,
Enter, enter in.
He who feeds the falling sparrow,
Cares to rescue us from sin;
Enter, tho’ the gate be narrow,
Enter in, enter in.

Verse 2:
With thee now the Savior pleadeth,
Enter in, enter in;
This the way to life that leadeth,
Enter in, enter in.
From the way of death departing,
Leaving all the paths of sin,
Ev’ry evil course forsaking,
Enter in, enter in.

Verse 3:
Hearken to the voices crying,
Enter in, enter in;
Take His cross, thyself denying,
Enter in, enter in.
Listen to the voice of conscience
As it gently speaks within;
Hasten to the way of safety,
Enter in, enter in.

E. Corwin, D.D/T. Martin Towne

No. 146 Ho! Christian, be Thou Active

I believe we should be active as Christians, witnessing through both word and deed. However, I do not believe that our works will gain us entrance to Heaven, as Verse 2 seems to imply. We serve as an expression of love and gratitude, not to earn salvation.

Verse 1:
Ho! Christian, be thou active,
For Christ thy Lord is near;
Thou knowest not the moment
In which He shall appear;
Behold, He cometh quickly,
Oh, may He come to-day,
To thrill you with His gladness,
Not fill you with dismay.

Ho! Christian, be thou active,
For Christ thy Lord is near;
Thou knowest not the moment
In which He shall appear.

Verse 2:
Reward He bringeth with Him,
And He will bring to thee,
According to the measure
Of what thy work shall be;
And those He calleth blessed,
Who His commandment do,
They at the gates of heaven,
Shall find an entrance through.

Verse 3:
Lift up thine eyes, O Christian!
His glory streams afar;
He shineth in His beauty,
“The bright and Morning Star,”
Go spread His invitation,
Go ring it forth until
Thro’ all the world has sounded,
“Come, whosoever will.”

Margarette W. Snodgrass/Dr. J.B. Herbert