Hear the Wail

Hear the wail across the sea

Author: J. Wakefield MacGill, 1829-1902
Tune: [Hear the wail across the sea]
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1. Hear the wail across the sea
Comes from millions unto thee—
Weary ones who might be free
Did they but know of Calvary.

Wailing, wailing o’er the sea;
Wailing, wailing unto thee;
Wailing, wailing to be free;
Go, tell them all of Calvary.

2. Hear the wail of broken hearts
Rise from slavery’s cruel marts!
There’s a balm for bitter smarts—
The balm that’s found at Calvary. [Refrain]

3. Wailing of the prophet cursed,
Of fanatics, wildest, worst,
Help us, Lord, their chains to burst,
And set them free by Calvary. [Refrain]

4. Hear the wail from priest-crushed lands,
Man’s device for God’s commands—
Forms at countless as the sands
Have blocked the way to Calvary. Refrain]

5. Wailings reach this favored shore,
Wailings ceasing nevermore;
Men are dying evermore;
Go, tell them all of Calvary. [Refrain]

Author: J. Wakefield MacGill, 1829-1902

Early Life Jacob Wakefield MacGill was encouraged to begin working in Cowcaddens by Rev. Dr Norman MacLeod at the end of the 1840's. MacGill had served in MacLeod's Barony Church as a Sunday school teacher. He studied Arts at University of Glasgow. The archives from the University show that a Jacob W. MacGill from Glasgow first signed the register aged 14, in 1846-7 to study Arts. He signed the register again in 1847/8, aged 15, and then again, aged 18 in 1850/51 to study his 3rd year of Arts. He studied Latin in 1846/7 and Greek in 1847/8. His age in these documents appears to be wrong as he was born in 1829. He gave his life to Jesus when he was 16 or 17, but experienced a 'second conversion' in 1858 when he was in his late 2… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hear the wail across the sea
Title: Hear the Wail
Author: J. Wakefield MacGill, 1829-1902
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Wailing, wailing o’er the sea
Copyright: Public Domain


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