1 Have ye heard the invitation,
Sinners ruined by the fall?
Famished souls who seek salvation,
Have ye heard the loving call?
Hark! a herald of the Father
Bids you of His supper taste.
Round the sacred table gather.
All is ready; sinners, haste!
2 O ye chosen, have ye slighted
This sweet call to you proclaimed?
Lo! the King hath now invited
All the halt, the blind, the maimed:
"Come, ye poor from out the highways,
Come, a feast awaits you, come!"
Leave the hedges and the byways,
Hasten to the Father's home.
3 We have heard Thee call, dear Father,
In Thy Word and sacrament;
Round Thy festal board we'll gather
Till our life's last day is spent.
Ours the risen Saviour's merit,
Ours the bounties of Thy love,
Ours Thy peace, till we inherit
Endless life in heaven above.
Anna Hoppe was born on May 7, 1889 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She left school after the eighth grade and worked as a stenographer. She began writing patriotic verses when she was very young and by the age of 25 she was writing spiritual poetry. After some of her poems appeared in the Northwestern Lutheran, a periodical of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, they came to the attention of Dr. Adolf Hult of Augustana Seminary, Rock Island, Illinois. He influenced her to write her Songs for the Church Year (1928). Several hymnals include her work, which was usually set to traditional chorale melodies, although she also made a number of translations. She died on August 2, 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Display Title: Have Ye Heard the InvitationFirst Line: Have ye heard the invitationTune Title: LOVE DIVINE NO. 2Author: Anna HoppeMeter: 8 7, 8 7. D.Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14Date: 1926Subject: Church Year | Trinity Season; Trinity, Twentieth Sunday | ; Lord's Supper |