Scripture Verse

A voice of one calling in the desert. Isaiah 40:3


Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, 1880.

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


Out on the de­sert, look­ing, look­ing,
Sinner, ’tis Je­sus look­ing for thee;
Tenderly call­ing, call­ing, call­ing,
Hither, thou lost one, O come unto Me.


Jesus is look­ing, Je­sus is call­ing,
Why dost thou lin­ger, why tar­ry away?
Run to Him quick­ly, say to Him glad­ly,
Lord I am com­ing, com­ing to­day.

Still He is wait­ing, wait­ing, wait­ing,
O, what com­pas­sion beams in His eye,
Hear Him re­peat­ing, gent­ly, gent­ly,
Come to thy Sav­ior, O, why wilt thou die?


Lovingly plead­ing, plead­ing, plead­ing,
Mercy, though slight­ed, bears with thee yet;
Thou canst be hap­py, hap­py, hap­py,
Come, ere thy life-star for­ev­er shall set.


Spirits in glo­ry, watch­ing, watch­ing,
Long to be­hold thee safe in the fold;
Angels are wait­ing, wait­ing, wait­ing,
When shall thy sto­ry with rap­ture be told?