O precious voice, that spoke to me

I heard it first at Calvary's hill

Author: Eliza E. Hewitt
Tune: [I heard it first at Calvary's hill]
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1 I heard it first at Calv’ry’s hill,
The voice that charms my heart,
It bade the stormy winds be still,
And trembling fears depart.
It filled my soul with strange delight,
My Saviour’s pard’ning grace,
Around me shone a glory bright,
The sunshine of his face.

Refrain:
O precious voice, that spoke to me,
Sweet words of peace from Calvary,
Come, wand’rer, hear, where’er thou art,
The voice that charms my heart.

2 Again I heard like music sweet
The voice that charms my heart,
It drew me nearer to His feet,
And from the world apart.
It spoke to me of “things above,”
And called me upward still,
To learn the wonders of his love,
The blessings of his will. [Refrain]

3 Then may my ear be trained to know,
The voice that charms my heart,
That I may heed his whispers low,
And from all sin depart.
And when I join the white-robed throng,
Who evermore rejoice,
Far dearer than seraphic song,
Will be my Saviour’s voice. [Refrain]

Source: Songs of Love and Praise No. 4 #144

Author: Eliza E. Hewitt

Pseudonym: Li­die H. Ed­munds. Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >

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First Line: I heard it first at Calvary's hill
Title: O precious voice, that spoke to me
Author: Eliza E. Hewitt

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Songs of Love and Praise No. 4 #144

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