Go messenger of peace and love

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1 Go, messenger of peace and love,
To people plunged in shades of night;
Like angels sent from fields above,
Be thine to shed celestial light.

2 On barren rock and desert isle,
Go bid the rose of Sharon bloom;
Till arid wastes around thee smile,
And bear to heaven a sweet perfume.

3 Go to the hungry--food impart;
To paths of peace the wandered guide,
And lead the thirsty, panting heart
Where streams of living water glide.

4 Go, bid the bright and morning star
From Bethlehem's plains resplendent shine,
And, piercing through the gloom afar,
Shed heavenly light and love divine.

5 Oh, faint not in the day of toil,
When harvest waits the reaper's hand;
Go, gather in the glorious spoil,
And joyous in his presence stand.



Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #552

Author: Alexander Balfour

Balfour, Alexander, was born of poor parents at Monikie, Forfarshire, 1767. For some time he was engaged in business pursuits, but through lack of success therein he entered the publishing house of Messrs. Blackwood, of Edinburgh, as a clerk, in 1818. He died in 1829. He published several works in prose and verse. His hymn, "Go, messenger of peace and love," is noted on p. 430, ii. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: Go messenger of peace and love
Author: Alexander Balfour
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Go, messenger of peace and love. A. Balfour. [Departure of a Missionary.] This hymn appeared in the Baptist New Selection, 1828, No. 361, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, with the signature of "Balfour." In the revised and enlarged edition, 1838, it retained the same signature, but in the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, revised edition, 1871 and 1880, it was reduced to 6 stanzas and the signature was expanded into "Alexander Balfour, 1828." Beyond this no definite information has been obtained. Its use is limited.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Go, messenger of peace and love, p. 430, ii. Appeared in the Evangelical Magazine, 1822, p. 260.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

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