There's a balm in Gilead

From China's dark dominions

Author: Martin W. Knapp
Tune: [We hail thee glorious summer]
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 From China’s dark dominions
Unto Columbia free,
We’ve heard the cries of anguish
Which echo o’er the sea.
We’ve heard the royal summons
Of Jesus crucified,
To hasten to the rescue
Of those for whom He died.

We’re coming, yes, we’re coming
On wings of love we fly,
To bear the Gospel message
Ere waiting millions die.

2 Our hearts with pain are bleeding
That we have been so slow,
To heed these pleading voices
And on our mission go.
Forgive us! oh, forgive us!
Ye nations far away,
Forgive us, gracious Father!
In Jesus’ name we pray. [Refrain]

3 With songs and joy of gladness
Our offerings we give,
That all the heathen nations
May look to Christ and live.
Though deep the pain in parting,
Our children, too, may go,
And tell the thirsting millions
Where living waters flow. [Refrain]

4 Then heathen nations bending
At Jesus’ feet shall fall,
And join with saints and angels,
And crown Him Lord of all.
Till over earth triumphant
His ransomed Church shall reign,
When Jesus in His glory
With joy shall come again. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10043

Author: Martin W. Knapp

Born: March 27, 1853, Albion, Michigan. Died: December 7, 1901, Cincinnati, Ohio, of typhoid fever. Buried: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio. At age 17, Knapp began studies at a Methodist college in Albion, Michigan. He worked on the family farm in the summer, studying Greek and Latin at night, and attending classes in Albion in the winter. In 1877, the Methodist Michigan Conference assigned him a circuit. He went on to a career in ministry, founding the magazine God’s Revivalist in 1888; the International Holiness Union and Prayer League in 1897; and God’s Bible School (later known as God’s Bible School and College) in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1900. His works include: Christ Crowned Within, 1886 The Double Cure… Go to person page >

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First Line: From China's dark dominions
Title: There's a balm in Gilead
Author: Martin W. Knapp
Refrain First Line: O there's a balm in Gilead



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