Free Giving

Representative Text

1 In the desert, days of old,
When they call'd for gems and gold,
For a sacred offering,
Only he whose spirit stirr'd,
Willing-hearted, at the word,
Might a gift or treasure bring.

Freely give, still he calls,
And the promise of my word believe.
Freely give, still he calls,
And as freely do my love receive!

2 Then the women that were wise,
Spun of blue and purple dyes;
And the call was heard by them.
But by willing hands, alone,
Might the broid'ry work be done,
Of the sacred vesture hem. [Refrain]

3 Mighty rulers came and gave
Shining gems whereon to grave
All the names of Israel;
But their willing hands alone,
With the precious onyx-stone,
Might the needful treasure swell. [Refrain]

4 Thus the work of God's command,
By his prophet's hand,
Was in sacred service wrought,
But the best and blessed part,
Was the glad and willing heart,
That his loving children brought. [Refrain]

Source: Light and Life: a collection of new hymns and tunes for sunday schools, prayer meetings, praise meetings and revival meetings #154

Author: M. B. C. Slade

Mary Bridges Canady Slade USA 1826-1882. Born in Fall River, MA, she was well-educated and became a minister's wife, teacher, and poet. She was assistant editor of The New England Journal of Education. She also authored hymns, Sunday school materials and books on education, primarily used for training teachers. She authored a children's magazine, “Wide-awake”. She and her husband were active in the underground railroad (helping slaves achieve their freedom). She spent her whole life living in the same town. John Perry  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: In the desert days of old
Title: Free Giving
Author: M. B. C. Slade
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Freely give, still He calls
Copyright: Public Domain



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