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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Representative 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



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Songs for the Sunday School #34

Soothing Songs #d21

Spiritual Songs and Hymns, for Use in All Gospel Services #d422

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The Army and Navy Hymnal #196

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The Baptist Standard Hymnal #238

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The Cyber Hymnal #5487

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Timeless Truths #605

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