Send Thou, O Lord, to every place

Send Thou, O Lord, to every place
Swift messengers before Thy face,
The heralds of Thy wondrous grace,
  Where Thou Thyself wilt come.
Send men whose eyes have seen the King!
Men in whose ears His sweet words ring;
Send such Thy lost ones home to bring;
  Send them where Thou wilt come.
To bring good news to souls in sin;
The bruised and broken hearts to win;
In every place to bring them in,
  Where Thou Thyself wilt come.
Gird each one with the Spirit’s sword,
The sword of Thine own deathless word;
And make them conquerors, conquering Lord,
  Where Thou Thyself wilt come.
Raise up, O Lord the Holy Ghost,
From this broad land a mighty host,
Their war-cry, We will seek the lost,
  Where Thou, O Christ, wilt come!
Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Hymn author is Mary Cornelia Bishop Gates (1842-1905).

She was a descendant of Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island; daughter of William S. Bishop of Rochester, New York; and faculty member of Leroy Female Seminary. In 1873, she married Merrill E. Gates, Secretary to the U. S. Indian Commissioners and later president of Rutgers and Amherst Colleges. Mary belonged to the Woman’s Board for Foreign Missions of the Reformed Church in America (Dutch Reformed), and contributed to numerous periodicals, including The Independent, The Atlantic Monthly, The Christian Intelligencer, and The Youth’s Companion. Her other works include "Hymns of Nature and Songs of the Spirit". - hymntime


There is an additional stanza #4

Thou who hast died, Thy vict’ry claim;

Assert, O Christ, Thy glory’s name

In every place to bring them in

Where Thou Thyself wilt come.