1 Many lands are lying now in darkness,
Knowing not the light divine,
They are waiting for the rays of knowledge
On their troubled shores to shine.
Send forth the Word of Christ the Lord,
Publish the gospel of love abroad,
Share freely with each land and race,
Tidings of saving grace.
Tell how He came to cleanse us from sin,
Tell how He died, salvation to win,
O send out the gospel story,
Send out the Word of Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 Many souls are held in cruel bondage,
They are waiting for the day
When deliverance shall be their portion,
And their chains shall fall away. [Chorus]
3 May the light of the redemption story,
On those waiting hearts soon gleam,
May the bondage of their hearts be ended
By our Lord’s free grace supreme. [Chorus]
Edith Sanford Tillotson was born and lived her entire life in Corona, New York. She wrote hymns for children as well as poems and librettos.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >