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Hush, my soul, what voice is pleading

Hush, my soul, what voice is pleading

Author: John Henry Lester (1883)
Tune: WESTON (Roe)
Published in 7 hymnals

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1. Hush, my soul, what voice is pleading?
Thou canst feel its silent power;
Who is this that speaks so gently
In this solemn evening hour?
Stay, poor sinner; life is fleeting,
And thy soul is dark within;
Wilt thou wait till outer darkness
Close in gloom thy life of sin?

2. Hark! it is a voice of sweetness,
Tenderly it speaks, and true!
Dark and sad, yet strangely yearning,
For a peace I never knew.
Half inclined to stay and listen,
Half inclined to go away;
Still I linger, for it whispers,
Harden not thy heart today.

3. What is this that steals beside me?
Can it be that at my side,
In His own mysterious presence,
Stands the wondrous Crucified?
Why poor sinner, wilt thou linger?
I am waiting to forgive;
See the meaning of these wound prints;
I have died that thou mayest live!

4. Hush, my soul! It is thy Savior!
And He seeks His lost one now;
He is waiting, flee not from Him,
Venture near, before Him bow;
Tell Thy sins; He will forgive thee;
And He will not love thee less;
For the human heart of Jesus
Overflows with tenderness.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2490

Author: John Henry Lester

Lester, John Henry, M.A., of St. John's College, Cambridge; B.A. in honours, 1868 ; M.A., 1871. Ordained in 1868, he held several appointments, including the Rectory of South Hackney, 1885-90, and Diocesan Missioner in the diocese of Lichfield, 1880-85. In 1884 he became a Prebendary of Lichfield, and in 1890 Rector of Lexden, Essex. His The Lichfield Church Mission Hymn Book, 1883, was revised as The Lichfield Mission Hymn Book (n.d.). To the former he contributed:— 1. Hark, my soul, the sound of voices. Heaven Desired. 2. Hush, my soul, what voice is pleading? The Voice of Jesus. 3. O happy land of Paradise. Heaven. 4. O come ye redeemed. Praise of Jesus. 5. O solemn hour, so strange and still. Repentance. 6. Unti… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hush, my soul, what voice is pleading
Author: John Henry Lester (1883)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #2490
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The Cyber Hymnal #2490

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