Scripture Verse

A woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto Him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, Thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. Matthew 15:22


Words: A. J. Max­ham, in Tri­um­phant Songs, by Ed­win O. Ex­cell (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Ed­win O. Ex­cell, 1887), num­ber 20.

Music: Lab­ra­dor A. J. Max­ham, 1887 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Max­ham’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


She came unto Jesus, her heart filled with grief,
She called to Him, Master, O grant me relief;
My daughter is sick, she is sorely oppressed;
O grant my petition and heal her distress.

Her cry was unheeded, in vain did she pray,
Until His disciples said, Send her away;
Then Jesus rebukingly said, Not to thee,
To the lost sheep of Israel, salvation is free.

’Tis time, Lord and Master, yet,
O hear my prayer,
I ask but for crumbs from Thy table to share;
Thou surely wilt not send me empty away;
O hear my petition, and heal her today.

Then Jesus spake to her, in tones all divine,
Be it as thou wilt and no longer repine;
So great is thy faith, be it now unto thee,
All things that thou asketh, thy daughter is free.