Hymn for Lent (Day 39): O Zion, haste

Our hymn today is based on the Gospel appointed for the commemoration of Charles Henry Brent. There are lots of verses here, many of which would not fit with modern sensibilities. Feel free to talk amongst yourselves about whether that is a good thing or a bad thing.

O Zion, haste, thy mission high fulfilling,
To tell to all the world that God is light,
That He who made all nations is not willing
One soul should perish, lost in shades of night.

Publish glad tidings, tidings of peace;
Tidings of Jesus, redemption and release.

Behold how many thousands still are lying
Bound in the darksome prison house of sin,
With none to tell them of the Savior’s dying,
Or of the life He died for them to win. Refrain

Proclaim to every people, tongue, and nation
That God, in Whom they live and move, is love;
Tell how He stooped to save His lost creation,
And died on earth that we might live above. Refrain

’Tis thine to save from peril of perdition
The souls for whom the Lord His life laid down:
Beware lest, slothful to fulfill thy mission,
Thou lose one jewel that should deck His crown. Refrain

Give of thy sons to bear the message glorious;
Give of thy wealth to speed them on their way;
Pour out thy soul for them in prayer victorious;
O Zion, haste to bring the brighter day. Refrain

He comes again! O Zion, ere thou meet Him,
Make known to every heart His saving grace:
Let none whom he Hath ransomed fail to greet Him,
Through thy neglect, unfit to see His face. Refrain

Words: Mary A. Thomson, 1868, 1871

Here’s a bunch of Episcopalians doing a fair job of attempting to muster missionary zeal.

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