1 Come to the ark of refuge,
Come to the place of rest;
Safe in this quiet harbor,
Naught can thy peace molest;
Come with thy guilt to Jesus,
Weary and sore distressed;
List to His plea, Come unto Me,
And I will give you rest.
O message of mercy!
He died to redeem thee;
O make Him now thine own!
By faith in His mercy,
By trust in His grace;
With saints in His kingdom,
He’ll give thy soul a place.
2 Come to the heart that loves thee,
Come to the soul’s true home,
Come while the Lord invites thee,
Come while there yet is room;
Tell Him thy every sorrow,
Naught from this Friend withhold;
He’ll hear thy prayer, thy burden bear,
Trust in His love untold. [Refrain]
3 Come to the soul’s sure refuge;
When breaks the world’s fierce blast,
He will protect His children
Till all is overpast;
When storms without are raging
Rest and be not afraid;
Look to the Lord, hope in His word,
Trust, and be undismayed. [Refrain]
Born: March 31, 1874, Washington, DC.
Died: March 27, 1955, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Buried: International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
After attending college in Battle Creek, Michigan, Harris produced his first hymnal in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1902. He then moved to Chicago, Illinois at the invitation of Peter Bilhorn, and in 1932, to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He composed and compiled a number of works, and was well known locally as he walked around with a canvas bag full of handbooks for sale. His works include:
Light and Life Songs, with William Olmstead & William Kirkpatrick (Chicago, Illinois: S. K. J. Chesbro, 1904)
Little Branches, with George J. Meyer & Howard E. Smith (Chicago, Illi… Go to person page >
Display Title: Message Of MercyFirst Line: Come to the ark of refugeTune Title: [Come to the ark of refuge]Author: Thoro HarrisSource: The New and Living Way by Duke M. Farson, Edwin L. Harvey and W. Pettengill (Waukesha, WI: Metropolitan Church Association, 1913)