1. Thy Saviour is pleading, O wand'rer, today;
From sin's vain allurements Turn, turn thee away,
Thro' perfect surrender Thy warfare shall cease;
How sweet is the message, Christ giveth thee peace.
Sweet message of love For ev'ry lost soul;
Look, sinner, to Jesus For Christ maketh thee whole.
2. O trust thy Redeemer Once nailed to the tree,
And heed now the message Love beareth to thee;
Then come, weary pilgrim, By sorrow oppressed,
Bring Jesus thy burden, He giveth thee rest. [Chorus]
3. From sin's fatal slumber, O rouse and awake!
Soon death may o'ertake thee, Thy life is at stake!
Christ is thy salvation From fear and from strife;
The Lord hath redeemed thee, He giveth thee life. [Chorus]
4. Bright sunbeams of mercy Thy path shall illume,
Dispelling thy darkness, Far scatt'ring thy gloom;
They shine with a radiance So peaceful and bright;
O sinner, believe it! Christ giveth thee light. [Chorus]
Born: March 31, 1874, Washington, DC.
Died: March 27, 1955, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Buried: International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
After attending college in Battle Creek, Michigan, Harris produced his first hymnal in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1902. He then moved to Chicago, Illinois at the invitation of Peter Bilhorn, and in 1932, to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He composed and compiled a number of works, and was well known locally as he walked around with a canvas bag full of handbooks for sale. His works include:
Light and Life Songs, with William Olmstead & William Kirkpatrick (Chicago, Illinois: S. K. J. Chesbro, 1904)
Little Branches, with George J. Meyer & Howard E. Smith (Chicago, Illi… Go to person page >