1 Jesus calls me; I am going
Where He opens up my way,
To the toiling of His vineyard,
Shrinking not a single day.
Friends may shun me, toils await me,
Crucifixion be my lot;
But I’ve chosen Christ my Saviour,
I am going, call me not.
2 Jesus calls me; I am going
To the life he wills for me;
This poor world can’t fill the aching
Of my heart, or set it free.
O, what anxious, bitter sorrow
Does the world give with its strife;
But with Jesus,—O what glory!
Ending in eternal life.
3 Jesus calls me; I am going
To the washing of his blood,—
Healing now, and purifying
All who test the crimson flood;
Flesh may cry, now now,—tomorrow,—
Idols rise with wonted power;
Jesus, help me, come and help me!
Jesus take me hour by hour.
4 Jesus calls me; I am going
To the mansions all prepared,
These for thee, for all, says Jesus,
Who my pow’r hath here declared;
Knowing this complete Salvation,—
This that saves from inbred sin,
Why not tell to all around me,
Jesus can make wholly clean?
5 Jesus calls me; I am going;—
O that all would test with me,
All the power of Christ’s Salvation,
For the fountain’s full and free.
Test the grace so freely offered,
Know the worth of Christ within;
Rise and share the bliss transcendent—
Freedom from the power of sin.
Hartsough, Lewis, was born at Ithaca, New York, Aug. 31, 1823. Of his hymns the following are in common use:—-
1. I hear Thy welcome voice. The Divine Invitation.
2. In the rifted Rock I'm resting. Safety in Jesus.
3. Lead me to the Rock that's higher. Safety in Jesus.
4. O who'll stand up for Jesus? All for Jesus
Nos. 1-3 are in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, 1878 (1 and 3 with music by Hartsough).
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >