Fishers of Men

I hear the words that Jesus spake

Author: James M. Gray
Tune: [I hear the words that Jesus spake]
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1 I hear the words that Jesus spake
To them of Galilee;
To fishermen beside the lake
He said: “Come, follow Me.”

“Follow Me, Fellow Me!
Fishers of men henceforth to be,”
Echo the words from Galilee;
Jesus! I follow Thee!

2 I long to make Thy words my own!
O, Jesus may it be;
Thou spakest not to them alone,
But even now to me? [Refrain]

3 I’ll follow on with all my heart,
I’ll walk with Thee today;
Though vile I am, do not depart,
Forgive and cleanse, I pray! [Refrain]

4 Within my heart Thy love beget
A fisherman to be;
And teach me where to cast the net
As when in Galilee. [Refrain]

Source: The Voice of Thanksgiving #72

Author: James M. Gray

Born: May 11, 1851, New York City. Died: September 21, 1935, Passavant Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City. Gray accepted Christ at age 22. He was educated at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine (Doctor of Divinity), and the University of Des Moines, Iowa (Doctor of Laws). In 1879 he became Rector of the First Reformed Episcopal Church in Boston, Massachusetts, where he served 14 years. He then became dean (1904-25) and president (1925-34) of the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois, and directed publication of four editions (1921-28) of the Voice of Thanksgiving, official hymnal of the Institute. A conservative theologian, Gray was one of seven editors of the popular Scofield Reference Bible. He was… Go to person page >

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First Line: I hear the words that Jesus spake
Title: Fishers of Men
Author: James M. Gray
Refrain First Line: “Follow Me, Fellow Me
Publication Date: 1913
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.


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The Voice of Thanksgiving #72

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