Jesus Calls Us, O'er the Tumult

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1 Jesus calls us: o'er the tumult
of our life's wild, restless sea;
day by day his sweet voice soundeth
saying, "Christian, follow me."

2 Jesus calls us from the worship
of the vain world's golden store,
from each idol that would keep us,
saying, "Christian, love me more."

3 In our joys and in our sorrows,
days of toil and hours of ease,
still he calls, in cares and pleasures,
"Christian, love me more than these."

4 Jesus calls us: by thy mercies,
Savior, may we hear thy call,
give our hearts to thy obedience,
serve and love thee best of all.

Source: Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #720

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander

Alexander, Cecil Frances, née Humphreys, second daughter of the late Major John Humphreys, Miltown House, co. Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1823, and married in 1850 to the Rt. Rev. W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Mrs. Alexander's hymns and poems number nearly 400. They are mostly for children, and were published in her Verses for Holy Seasons, with Preface by Dr. Hook, 1846; Poems on Subjects in the Old Testament, pt. i. 1854, pt. ii. 1857; Narrative Hymns for Village Schools, 1853; Hymns for Little Children, 1848; Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858; The Legend of the Golden Prayers 1859; Moral Songs, N.B.; The Lord of the Forest and his Vassals, an Allegory, &c.; or contributed to the Lyra Anglicana, the S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hym… Go to person page >

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Scripture References:
st. 1-2 = Matt. 4:18-20, Mark 1:16-18
st. 3 = John 21:15
st. 4 = Rom. 12: 1

Irish hymn writer Cecil F. Alexander (PHH 346) wrote this text for St. Andrew's Day. The appointed gospel reading for that day in the church year concerned Jesus' calling of Simon Peter and Andrew (Matt. 4: 18-20). Her text was published in the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge's (SPCK) Hymns for Public Worship (1852). Though written for a relatively minor saint's day, this hymn quickly gained popularity. It was frequently altered (sometimes mutilated) in later hymnals; Alexander herself prepared an inferior revision about twenty years after the text's first publication. The original third stanza is omitted.

The thread that binds the stanzas together is the call of Christ. Just as Jesus called the fishermen to be his disciples, he still calls us today to be his followers and obedient servants. His call is for total commitment, a "follow me" that overrides all our earthly "cares and pleasures."

Liturgical Use:
Worship that focuses on God's call, his summons to obedience; profession of faith; ordination and commissioning; evangelistic meetings.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
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Jesus calls us; [mid] o'er the tumult. Cecil F. Alexander, née Humphreys. [St. Andrew.] Contributed to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Hymns, &c, 1852, No. 116, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. Its use has become very extensive in most English-speaking countries. Usually the original text is followed, but here and there slight variations are introduced, as, for instance, in Hymns Ancient & Modern, where stanza iv., line 4, reads, “That we love Him more than these," for "Christian, love Me more than these." In 1871 a mutilated text was given in the S. P. C. K. Church Hymns. This led to a revision of the original by Mrs. Alexander, which was given in the folio edition, 1881, and later editions of Church Hymns, as Mrs. Alexander's authorised text. It is easily recognised by the refrain of stanzas i.—iii., “Softly, clearly—‘Follow Me.’" This text differs very materially from the original, and in comparison with it, will commend itself to very few. In the Anglican Hymn Book, 1868, the opening line reads, "Jesus call us, mid the tumult." Other alterations are also introduced very much to the injury of the hymn.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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