1 Humble souls who seek salvation,
Thro' the Lamb's redeeming blood,
Hear the voice of recollection,
Tread the path that Jesus trod:
Flee to him your only savior,
In his mighty name confide;
Thro' the whole of your behavior,
Own him as your sovereign guide.
2 Hear the blest redeemer call you,
Listen to his gracious voice;
Dread no ills that can befal you,
While you make his ways your choice,
Jesus faith, let each believer,
Be baptised in my name;
He himself in Jordan's river,
Was immers'd beneath the stream.
3 Plainly here his footsteps tracing,
Follow him without delay;
Gladly his command embracing,
Lo! your captain leads the way;
View the rite with understanding,
Jesus' grave before you lies,
Be inter'd at his commanding,
After his example rise.
Divine Hymns of Spiritual Songs, 1802
Humble souls who seek salvation. J. Fawcett. [Follow the Lamb.] The earliest date to which we have traced this hymn (although probably it previously appeared in a magazine with which we are unacquainted) is in John Fellows's Hymns on Believers’ Baptism, 1773, No. 25, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines. It next appeared in John Fawcett's Hymns, &c, 1782, No. 117, with the heading "Invitation to follow the Lamb, Matt. iii. 15," and the following note:—
"The Author lays claim to this hymn, tho' it has appear'd under another name: he hopes the insertion of it, and the following ["Ye saints, with one accord"] will give no offence to those of his friends who are differently minded, as to the subject to which they refer."
With this note before us, we have no hesita¬tion in ascribing this hymn to John Fawcett. Its use is mainly confined to America.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)