1 Our country’s voice is pleading,
Ye men of God, arise!
His providence is leading,
The land before you lies;
O’er it the day has brightened,
And promise clothes the soil;
Wide fields, for harvest whitened,
Invite the reaper’s toil.
2 The love of Christ unfolding,
Speed on from east to west,
Till all, His cross beholding,
In Him are fully blest.
Great Author of salvation,
Haste, haste the glorious day
When we, a ransomed nation,
Thy scepter shall obey.
Anderson, Maria Frances. (Paris, France, January 30, 1819--October 13, 1895, Rosemont, Pennsylvania). Baptist. Daughter of Thomas F. Hill of Exeter, England. Married Rev. George W. Anderson, 1847. Author of several works on Baptists and missions for which she often used the pen name, L.M.N. Asked by George B. Ide, pastor of First Baptist Church, Philadelphia, to write a home mission hymn for the Baptist Harp (1849) in the same meter as Bishop Heber's "From Greenland's icy mountains." This hymn, "Our country's voice is pleading" was first sung in a home mission meeting at that Philadelphia church soon after the Baptist Harp was published. Another hymn appearing in the same collection and subtitled "The Bereaved Husband" begins "Yes she is go… Go to person page >
Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed the tune in 1835 for use at a missions festival at Blackburn, Lancashire, England. For that festival, which celebrated the three-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in England, the tune was set to Reginald Heber's (PHH 249) “From Greenland's Icy Mountains.”…