Scripture Verse

His banner over me was love. Song of Solomon 2:4

Introduction

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Eliza E. Hewitt
1851–1920

Words: Eli­za E. Hew­itt, in Songs of Love and Praise No. 3, by John R. Swe­ney & Will­iam Kirk­pat­rick (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1896), page 134.

Music: Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William J. Kirkpatrick
1838–1921

Lyrics

Bear the good tid­ings all ov­er the world,
Let the bright ban­ner of love be un­furled,
Wherever sor­row and sin shall be found,
There let the news of sal­va­tion re­sound.

Refrain

All ov­er the world, all ov­er the world,
Let the bright ban­ner of love be un­furled,
All ov­er the world.

Plant in the wil­der­ness Sha­ron’s sweet rose,
Blessing will fol­low wher­ev­er it goes;
Led, on­ward led by the Lord’s guid­ing hand,
Open fresh springs in the dry, thirs­ty land.

Refrain

Think of the mill­ions who ne­ver have heard
One pre­cious pro­mise from God’s ho­ly Word;
Think of the lives marred and dark­ened by sin,
Tell them the sto­ry that brings light with­in.

Refrain

Oh, what a song shall in Hea­ven be sung!
By ev­ery na­tion and kin­dred and tongue;
Some may be there through our ef­forts and pray­er,
Joy ev­er­last­ing to­ge­ther we’ll share.

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