249a. O Sion, haste, thy mission high fulfilling

1 O Sion haste, thy mission high fulfilling,
To tell to all the world that God is Light;
That He Who made all nations is not willing
One soul should perish, lost in shades of night:


Publish glad tidings;
Tidings of peace;
Tidings of Jesus,
Redemption and release.

2 Behold how many thousands still are lying
Bound in the darksome prison-house of sin,
With none to tell them of the Saviour's dying,
Or of the life He died for them to win. [Refrain]

3 'Tis thine to save from peril of perdition
The souls for whom the Lord His life laid down;
Beware lest, slothful to fulfill thy mission,
Thou lose one jewel that should deck His crown. [Refrain]

4 Proclaim to every people, tongue and nation
That God, in Whom they live and move, is love:
Tell how He stooped to save His lost creation,
And died on earth that man might live above. [Refrain]

5 Give of thy sons to bear the message glorious;
Give of thy wealth to speed them on their way;
Pour out thy soul for them in prayer victorious;
And all thou spendest, Jesus will repay. [Refrain]

6 He comes again O Sion, ere thou meet Him,
Make known to every heart His saving grace;
Let none whom He hath ransomed fail to greet Him,
Through thy neglect, unfit to see His face. [Refrain]


Text Information
First Line: O Sion, haste, thy mission high fulfilling
Author: M. A. Thomson
Publication Date: 1894
Meter: P. M.
Topic: Missions
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Publish glad tidings
Tune Information
Composer: J. Walch
Meter: P. M.
Key: B♭ Major

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