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O what shall the answer be

A cry as of pain, again and again

Author: Sarah Geraldina Stock
Tune: [A cry, as of pain, again and again]
Published in 6 hymnals

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1. A cry, as of pain, again and again,
Is borne o’er the deserts and wide spreading main;
A cry from the lands that in darkness are lying,
A cry from the hearts that in sorrow are sighing;
It comes unto me; it comes unto thee;
Oh what—oh what shall the answer be?

2. Oh! hark to the call; it comes unto all
Whom Jesus hath rescued from sin’s deadly thrall;
Come over and help us! in bondage we languish;
Come over and help us! we die in our anguish!;
It comes unto me; it comes unto thee;
Oh what—oh what shall the answer be?

3. It comes to the soul that Christ hath made whole,
The heart that is longing His name to extol;
It comes with a chorus of pitiful wailing;
It comes with a plea which is strong and prevailing;
For Christ’s sake to me; For Christ’s sake to thee;
Oh what—oh what shall the answer be?

4. We come, Lord, to Thee, Thy servants are we;
Inspire Thou the answer, and true it shall be!
If here we should work, or afar Thou should send us,
Oh grant that Thy mercy may ever attend us,
That each one may be a witness for Thee,
Till all the earth shall Thy glory see!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1103

Author: Sarah Geraldina Stock

Stock, Sarah Geraldina, born Dec. 27, 1838, has devoted much time to literature with special reference to Mission work and Sunday Schools. Her prose publications include Lessons on Israel in Egypt, &c, 1874; The Child's Life of our Lord, 1879; Bible Stories from the Old Testament, &c, 1882, and others. Her hymns in common use include:— 1. A debtor! For the love of God unbounded. Missions. Written for the Church Missionary Almanack, 1878, and also issued as a C. M. S. leaflet. 2. Behind and Before. Departure of Missionaries. Written for India's Women, and sung for the first time at the dismissal of Church of England Zenana missionaries, Sep. 30, 1887. Since issued as a C. M. S. leaflet. 3. Called to Thy service, Lord. H… Go to person page >

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First Line: A cry as of pain, again and again
Title: O what shall the answer be
Author: Sarah Geraldina Stock



The Cyber Hymnal #1103
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