Scripture Verse

God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16


Words: Henry W. Bak­er, in the ap­pen­dix to Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1868.

Music: In­ter­ces­sion Ear­ly Mu­sic for Church Choirs, 1853 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

Henry W. Baker (1821–1877)


Almighty God, whose on­ly Son
O’er sin and death the tri­umph won,
And ev­er lives to in­ter­cede
For souls who Thy sweet mer­cy need.

In His dear name to Thee we pray
For all who err and go as­tray,
For sin­ners, where­so­e’er they be,
Who do not serve and hon­or Thee.

There are who ne­ver yet have heard
The tid­ings of Thy bless­èd Word,
But still in hea­then dark­ness dwell,
Without one thought of Heav’n or hell.

And some with­in Thy sac­red fold
To ho­ly things are dead and cold,
And waste the pre­cious hours of life
In self­ish ease, or toil, or strife.

And ma­ny a quick­ened soul with­in
There lurks the sec­ret love of sin,
A way­ward will, or anx­ious fears,
Or lin­ger­ing taint of by­gone years.

O give re­pent­ance true and deep
To all Thy lost and wan­der­ing sheep,
And kin­dle in their hearts the fire
Of ho­ly love and pure de­sire.

That so from an­gel hosts above
May rise a sweet­er song of love,
And we, with all the blest, adore
Thy name, O God, for ev­er­more.