Souls of men, why will ye scatterAuthor: Frederick W. Faber
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1 Souls of men, why will ye scatter
Like a crowd of frightened sheep?
Foolish hearts, why will ye wander
From a love so true and deep?
2 Was there ever kinder shepherd
Half so gentle, half so sweet,
As the Saviour Who would have us
Come and gather round His feet?
3 There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
Like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in His justice,
Which is more than liberty.
4 There is plentiful redemption
In the blood that has been shed;
There is joy for all the members
In the sorrows of the Head.
5 For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of man’s mind.
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.
6 If our love were but more simple,
We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would all be sunshine
In the sweetness of our Lord.
Source: Revival Hymns and Choruses #274
Souls of men, why will ye scatter? F. W. Faber. [Invitation: The Divine Call.] This is given from his Hymns, 1862. It really appeared in his Oratory Hymns, 1854, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, with the heading "Come to Jesus." It is found in its full form in some collections; and the following centos therefrom are also in common use:—(1) "There's a wideness in God's mercy;" and (2) "Was there ever kindest Shepherd?" These are in several collections.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 5 of 5)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Complete Mission Praise #607||Souls of men! why will ye scatter||87 87||2000|
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #251||Souls of men! why will ye scatter||87 87||1983|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #443a||Restless souls, why do you scatter||CROSS OF JESUS||F. W. Faber (1814-1863)||8 7 8 7||1987||Easter 2 | The Good Shepherd; Easter 4 | The Way, the Truth, and the Life; God's Church | Faith and Trust; Lent 3, The King and the Kingdom | Suffering; Pentecost 17 | The Proof of Faith; Pentecost 19 | The Life of Faith; Pentecost 4 | The Church's Mission to the Individual; The Fall ||
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #443b||Restless souls, why do you scatter||ANIMAE HOMINUM||F. W. Faber (1814-1863)||8 7 8 7||1987||Easter 2 | The Good Shepherd; Easter 4 | The Way, the Truth, and the Life; God's Church | Faith and Trust; Lent 3, The King and the Kingdom | Suffering; Pentecost 17 | The Proof of Faith; Pentecost 19 | The Life of Faith; Pentecost 4 | The Church's Mission to the Individual; The Fall ||
|The Cyber Hymnal #6253||Souls of Men, Why Will Ye Scatter?||Souls of men, why will ye scatter||ST. MABYN||Frederick W. Faber||87.87||<cite>Oratory Hymns</cite>1854|