Speed the Light

To the millions living over the deep, deep sea

Author: Elisha A. Hoffman
Tune: [To the millions living o'er the deep, deep sea]
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1. To the millions living o’er the deep, deep sea
Speed the light, speed the light;
To their cry of pity dare we heedless be?
Speed the light, O speed the light.

Speed the light, the blessèd Gospel light,
To the lands which are in gloom and night;
Souls are waiting, and the fields are white,
Speed the light, O speed the light.

2. There in anguish millions for the Gospel wait,
Speed the light, speed the light;
Go and seek their rescue ere it is too late,
Speed the light, O speed the light. [Refrain]

3. Jesus bids us bear to them the Gospel news,
Speed the light, speed the light;
Can the souls He ransomed His request refuse?
Speed the light, O speed the light. [Refrain]

4. We will go, and in our blessèd master’s name
Speed the light, speed the light;
We will His salvation and His love proclaim,
Speed the light, O speed the light. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #6278

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 >



The Cyber Hymnal #6278
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Small Church Music #5883
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Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Hymns of the Christian Life #456


Small Church Music #5883


The Cyber Hymnal #6278

生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #266

Include 24 pre-1979 instances
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