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The Call for Messengers

Christians, the Lord says, forward go to the harvest

Author: R. E. Winsett
Tune: [Christians, the Lord says Forward go to the harvest]
Published in 9 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Christians, the Lord says “Forward go to the harvest,
Look and behold, the fields are waiting white;
I will be with you till your labors are ended,”
Soon, O soon will fall the shades of night.

The Spirit within says: “forward go,
Be not afraid, my child, to sow,
For I will go with you to the end,
Speak boldly the Word, My Truth defend.”

2 Why should you live in ease while others perish?
Ye who now in God’s truth and grace abound;
Give to the world the Gospel of God’s kingdom,
List! the call for help the world around. [Refrain]

3 Brother, the harvest-day will soon be ended,
Then will the Master say to you, “well done!”
That you may dwell with God and Christ forever,
In His kingdom shine forth as the sun. [Refrain]

4 Brother, the Lord is needing Christian soldiers,
Those who will dare to stand for truth and right;
Those who can demonstrate God’s wondrous pow’r,
Those who ne’er retreat will win the fight. [Refrain]

5 Lord, I will go and labor in the harvest,
Gathering precious golden sheaves for Thee;
Sowing the needed Gospel seed, and reaping
Souls for my labors then the hire shall be. [Refrain]

Source: Soul Inspiring Songs #48

Author: R. E. Winsett

Robert Emmett Winsett (January 15, 1876 — June 26, 1952 (aged 76) was an American composer and publisher of Gospel music. Winsett was born in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, and graduated from the Bowman Normal School of Music in 1899. He founded his own publishing company in 1903, and his first publication, Winsett's Favorite Songs, quickly became popular among the Baptist and Pentecostal churches of the American South. Pentecostal Power followed in 1907; that year Winsett completed postgraduate work at a conservatory. He married Birdie Harris in 1908, and had three sons and two daughters with her. He settled in Fort Smith, Arkansas, continuing to compose gospel songs, of which he would write over 1,000 in total. He became a minister… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Christians, the Lord says, forward go to the harvest
Title: The Call for Messengers
Author: R. E. Winsett
Language: English
Refrain First Line: The spirit within says Forward go
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 9 of 9)
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Heavenly Echoes No. 2 #107

His Voice in Song #d16

Latter Rain Revival #d13

Songs of Old-Time Power #d21

Songs of Pentecostal Power, Complete #244

Songs of Spiritual Power; Songs that Win #d20

Songs of the Coming King #d10

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Soul Inspiring Songs #48

Vocal Gems #d11

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