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Over the Line

Oh, tender and sweet was the Father's voice

Author: Ellen Knight Bradford
Tune: [O tender and sweet was the Master's voice]
Published in 35 hymnals

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Full Text

1 Oh, tender and sweet was the Father’s voice
As He lovingly called to me,
“Come over the line, it is only a step—
I’m waiting, My child, for thee.”

Refrain 1-3:
“Over the line,” hear the sweet refrain,
Angels are chanting the heavenly strain;
“Over the line!”—Why should I remain
With a step between me and Jesus?

2 “But my sins are many, my faith is small”;
Lo! the answer came quick and clear:
“Thou needest not trust in thyself at all,
Step over the line, I’m here.” [Refrain]

3 “But my flesh is feeble,” with tears I said,
“And the way I cannot see;
I fear if I try I may sadly fail,
And thus may dishonor Thee.” [Refrain]

4 The world is so cold that I cannot go back,
Press forward I surely must;
I’ll lay my weak hand in His wounded palm,
Step over the line, and trust.

Refrain 4:
“Over the line,” hear the sweet refrain,
Angels are chanting the heavenly strain;
“Over the line!”—I will not remain,
I’ll cross it and go to Jesus.

The Gospel in Song, 1926 (Timeless Truths)

Author: Ellen Knight Bradford

Author, poet, was born in Ypsilanti, Mich. NN Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Oh, tender and sweet was the Father's voice
Title: Over the Line
Author: Ellen Knight Bradford
Refrain First Line: Over the line, hear the sweet refrain



The Cyber Hymnal #5487
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Timeless Truths #605
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Alleluia: a hymnal for use in schools, in the home, in young people's societies in devotional meetings #153Page Scan
Alleluia: a hymnal for use in schools, in the home, in young people's societies, in devotional meetings #153Page Scan
Christ in Song #d422
Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #9TextPage Scan
Christian Endeavor Edition of Sacred Songs No. 1 #217Page Scan
Cross and Crown Hymnal, 3rd ed. #d309
Evangelistic Songs #57Page Scan
Fellowship Hymns #d212
Gospel Hymns No. 3 #26Page Scan
Gospel Hymns No. 5 #196AudioPage Scan
Gospel Hymns Nos. 5 and 6 Combined: for use in gospel meetings and other religious services #196Page Scan
Harp of Zion #d67
Popular Hymns #d160
Popular Hymns No. 3 #d151
Popular Hymns Revised #d171
Popular Hymns: revised for the Work and Worship of the Church Sunday School. #d172
Praises #d64
Redemption Songs: a choice collection of 1000 hymns and choruses for evangelistic meetings, solo singers, choirs and the home #264Page Scan
Sabbath Bells: for the Sunday-school and for prayer, praise, and gospel meetings #84Page Scan
Sacred Songs & Solos: Nos 1. and 2. Combined #383Page Scan
Sacred Songs and Solos: with standard hymns, combined: 750 pieces #383
Sacred Songs for Church and Home #d367
Sacred Songs No. 1: compiled and arranged for use in gospel meetings, Sunday schools, prayer meetings and other religious services #217Page Scan
Songs for the Sunday School #34Page Scan
Soothing Songs #d21
Spiritual Songs and Hymns, for Use in All Gospel Services #d422
The Army and Navy Hymnal #196Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn and Praise Book #d368
The Baptist Standard Hymnal with Responsive Readings #238Page Scan
The Church Hymnal: the official hymnal of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church #570
The Cyber Hymnal #5487TextScoreAudio
The Great Awakening: a choice collection of new and standard gospel songs #122Page Scan
The People's Praise Book or Carmina Sanctorum #d458
The Service Song Book #d115
Timeless Truths #605TextAudio
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