Missionary's farewell

Far away beyond the sea

Author: Isaiah Baltzell
Tune: [Far away, beyond the sea]
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1. Far away, beyond the sea,
Where the fields are bright and fair,
There’s a call, a plaintive plea;
I must hasten to be there.

Let me go, I cannot stay,
’Tis the Master calling me;
Let me go, I must obey;
Native land, farewell to thee.

2. Hark! I hear the Master say,
Up, ye reapers! why so slow?
To the vineyard far away,
Earthly kindred, let me go. [Refrain]

3. Just beyond the rolling tide
The uplifted hand I see;
Lo! the gates are open wide,
And the lost are calling me. [Refrain]

4. Father, mother, sister dear,
I must bid you all adieu;
Hark! the call is sounding clear,
There’s a work for me to do. [Refrain]

5. Bear me on, thou restless sea,
Let the winds the canvas swell;
Afric’s shore I long to see,
[substitute name of country to suit]
Native land, farewell, farewell. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #4270

Author: Isaiah Baltzell

Baltzell, Isaiah. (near Frederick, Maryland, November 26, 1832--January 16, 1893, Frederick). He was educated in the common schools, and at New Windsor Academy, Carroll County, Maryland. In 1859 he married Cecilia Caroline James at Mountain Jackson, Virginia. Originally a Lutheran, he joined the United Brethren Church in 1847, was licensed to preach by the Virginia Conference in 1854, and ordained in 1856. In 1862 he joined the Pennsylvania Conference. He was presiding elder from 1875 to 1880, and from 1883 to 1889. He was a delegate to three General Conferences, and was a trustee of Otterbein University. In 1873 he was appointed by the General Conference a member of the committee to superintend the publication of Hymns for the Sanctuary. H… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Far away beyond the sea
Title: Missionary's farewell
Author: Isaiah Baltzell
Refrain First Line: Let me go, I cannot stay


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