1 Christ shed His blood to wash away our sin,
Erase our guilt, and make us pure within;
The Lamb of God removed our every stain,
He died that we might have eternal gain.
Then rose again to prove the Scripture true,
Performed the work that only God can do.
2 How then can we receive this perfect gift?
Only believe, and feel the burden lift.
Christ did it all, and you can do no more:
Now go and spread the news the wide world o’er;
Proclaim that we no longer need to fear,
Death’s darkest prison or the Judge severe.
3 Send out the light to earth’s remotest bound,
Make shadows flee wherever sin is found;
Speak of the Christ who died our souls to save,
Tell of the God whose power destroyed the grave.
Tell how His grace and mercy set us free,
That we might live with Him eternally.
4 Announce the King who lives and reigns above,
Publish good tidings of His mighty love.
Tell how the Spirit comes when we believe,
Tell of the promise: He will never leave.
When Christ returns, O, how will we be then?
The Gospel spreading to the very end?
John Wainwright (b. Stockport, England, 1723; d. Stockport, 1768) wrote YORKSHIRE for [the] text [Christian's awake, salute the happy morn, by John Byrom] in 1750. The tune was first sung on Christmas Day, 1750, in the parish church of Stockport; it was first published in Caleb Ashworth's Collection…