1 Leading souls to Jesus who are sad and lost,
Who upon life’s waters have been tempest-tossed;
All the heavy-laden, burdened with their load,
Whisp’ring of salvation through the Lamb of God.
Leading souls to Jesus! oh, may this be mine,
Till I cross the river to that home divine;
Sowing by all waters till the great day come,
When with joy the reapers shout the harvest home.
2 Leading souls to Jesus, telling them the way
Out of nature’s darkness into God’s own day;
Kneeling with the sinner at the Saviour’s feet,
Even angels cannot know of work more sweet. [Refrain]
3 Leading souls to Jesus from their want and sin,
Setting up his kingdom with its peace within;
Till the Spirit witness in them o’er and o’er,
Cleansed are thy transgressions: go, and sin no more. [Refrain]
4 Leading souls to Jesus, as the stars to shine,
In some humbly station, Master, be it mine;
With forgiven sinners, not alone, to stand
When I rise to glory in the better land. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: R. E. Jeremy.
Rankin, Jeremiah Eames, D.D., was born at Thornton, New Haven, Jan. 2, 1828, and educated at Middleburg College, Vermont, and at Andover. For two years he resided at Potsdam, U.S. Subsequently he held pastoral charges as a Congregational Minister at New York, St. Albans, Charlestown, Washington ( District of Columbia), &c. In 1878 he edited the Gospel Temperance Hymnal, and later the Gospel Bells. His hymns appeared in these collections, and in D. E. Jones's Songs of the New Life, 1869. His best known hymn is "Labouring and heavy laden" (Seeking Christ). This was "written [in 1855] for a sister who was an inquirer," was first printed in the Boston Recorder, and then included in Nason's Congregational Hymn Book,… Go to person page >