The cry of the lost

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1 There are homes of want and sorrow,
There are haunts of sin and shame,
Where no loving voice and tender,
Whispers the Redeemer’s name;
Yet for all these sorrow-burdened,
And for all these sin enslaved,
Jesus paid the price of ransom,
And would have them reached and saved.

For the sake of Jesus, brother,
Heed the loud, despairing cry!
Go and lead them to the Savior!
Help to save them ere they die!

2 Can we not be doing something
To reclaim the lost who stray,
And in blindness and in folly,
Walk in sin’s destructive way?
Can we not, with heart like Jesus,
And with love as warm as his,
Go and find them, and entreat them
To accept his grace and peace? [Refrain]

3 Oh, how sad their hearts, and weary!
Oh, how weak these souls, and faint!
How they thirst for life’s pure water!
Hear you not their deep complaint?
For the sake of Jesus, brother,
Heed their loud, despairing, cry!
Go and lead them to the Savior!
Help to save them ere they die! [Refrain]

Source: Triumphant Songs No.1 #115

Author: Elisha A. Hoffman

Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929) after graduating from Union Seminary in Pennsylvania was ordained in 1868. As a minister he was appointed to the circuit in Napoleon, Ohio in 1872. He worked with the Evangelical Association's publishing arm in Cleveland for eleven years. He served in many chapels and churches in Cleveland and in Grafton in the 1880s, among them Bethel Home for Sailors and Seamen, Chestnut Ridge Union Chapel, Grace Congregational Church and Rockport Congregational Church. In his lifetime he wrote more than 2,000 gospel songs including"Leaning on the everlasting arms" (1894). The fifty song books he edited include Pentecostal Hymns No. 1 and The Evergreen, 1873. Mary Louise VanDyke… Go to person page >

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First Line: There are homes of want
Title: The cry of the lost
Author: Elisha A. Hoffman
Refrain First Line: For the sake of Jesus


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Triumphant Songs No.1 #115

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