1 There are souls, perishing souls, over the sea,
Perishing souls in our own native land;
Bearing the message of love everlasting and free,
Let us reach them a kind, helping hand.
Perishing souls, over the sea;
Jubilant songs floating over the waves,
Carry the joy, wonderful joy,
Carry the news, glorious news,
2 Blessed work, beautiful work, children of light,
Gratefully tell of the Master we love,
Witnessing daily of him who hath scattered our night,
And prepares us for mansions above. [Refrain]
3 Lift the cross, Calvary’s cross! near and afar,
Numberless hearts shall acknowledge its power;
Hasten the day when the nations shall follow his star,
Hail the dawn of the bright, golden hour. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >