1 Bearing the Savior’s story
O’er many leagues of flood,
’Neath Afric’s sky of glory,
In midnight prayer I stood,
While other constellations
The Southern Cross outshone,
And said, "Go teach all nations
The cross, that wins the crown."
2 "Take, Lord! oh, my defender!"
The grateful herald prayed,
"My uttermost surrender
Of heart and hand and head!"
"The cross of suffering, wear it,"
Came whispered o’er the sea:
"Fear not, for thou canst bear it:
Christ bore it once for thee."
The tune FARMER is marked by dramatically ascending melodic phrases and energetic rhythms in its opening lines. Sing in harmony throughout, possibly reserving unison for the third stanza. Use solid organ accompaniment; accompany with brass if possible.
Presumably, the source of FARMER is John Farmer…
Display Title: The Southern CrossFirst Line: Bearing the Savior’s storyTune Title: FARMERAuthor: Charles H. A. DallMeter: 76.76 DSource: Singers and Songs of the Liberal Faith by Alfred P. Putnam (Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1875)