The Syrians…had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife. And she said unto her mistress, 2 Kings 5:2–3
Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! For he would cure him of his leprosy.
Words: Julia H. Johnston, in Bible Study Songs, by Bertha F. Vella & Daniel Towner (Boston, Massachusetts & Chicago, Illinois: Pilgrim Press, 1899), page 107.
If you know where to get a good photo of Johnston (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
Long, long ago, a captive maid,
A wondrous message gave;
For she believed in Israel’s God,
With power to help and save.
The word she spoke, the truth she told,
Her haughty master moved;
And when he sought the way aright,
The way of life it proved.
No help or cure was in her hand,
She was a captive maid;
But she could tell the way to go,
To gain the prophet’s aid.
The sore disease and wasting pain
Were lost in Jordan’s wave;
The Syrian captain learned that God
Was strong to help and save.
So children now can spread the news
Of Jesus’ power to cure;
To heal the weary, sin sick heart,
And make the spirit pure.
’Tis Jesus only who can save
As in the olden day;
And all may find Him if they will—
A child may point the way.