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"Whosoever Will"

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1 “WHOSOEVER heareth!” shout, shout the sound!
Send the tidings all the world around!
Spread the joyful news wherever man is found:
“Whosoever will may come.”

Whosoever will! “whosoever will!”
Send the proclamation over vale and hill:
’Tis the loving Father calls the wanderer home;
“Whosoever will may come.”

2 Whosoever cometh need not delay;
Now the door is open, enter while you may;
Jesus is the true and only Living Way,
“Whosoever will may come.”

3 “Whosoever will!” the promise is secure;
“Whosoever will,” for ever shall endure;
“Whosoever will”—’tis life for evermore;
“Whosoever will may come.”

Source: Redemption Hymnal #274

Author: P. P. Bliss

Philip P. Bliss (b. Clearfield County, PA, 1838; d. Ashtabula, OH, 1876) left home as a young boy to make a living by working on farms and in lumber camps, all while trying to continue his schooling. He was converted at a revival meeting at age twelve. Bliss became an itinerant music teacher, making house calls on horseback during the winter, and during the summer attending the Normal Academy of Music in Genesco, New York. His first song was published in 1864, and in 1868 Dwight L. Moody advised him to become a singing evangelist. For the last two years of his life Bliss traveled with Major D. W. Whittle and led the music at revival meetings in the Midwest and Southern United States. Bliss and Ira D. Sankey published a popular series of hym… Go to person page >

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First Line: "Whosoever heareth" shout, shout the sound!
Title: "Whosoever Will"
Author: P. P. Bliss (1870)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: "Whosoever will, whosoever will!"
Notes: Swahili translation: See "Anisikiaye, aliye yote"
Copyright: Public Domain


Whosoever heareth, shout, shout the sound. Jesus the Way. Written during the winter of 1869-70 after hearing Mr. H. Moorhouse (from England) preach on St. John iii. 16.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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