T. Kelly

SPEED Thy servants, Saviour, speed them,

Thou art Lord of winds and waves;

They were bound, but Thou hast freed them;

Now they go to free the slaves:

Be Thou with them,

’Tis Thine arm alone that saves.


Friends and home and all forsaking,

Lord, they go at Thy command;

As their stay Thy promise taking,

While they traverse sea and land:

Oh! be with them,

Lead them safely by the hand.


When no fruit appears to cheer them,

And they seem to toil in vain,

Then in mercy, Lord, draw near them,

Then their sinking hopes sustain:

Thus supported,

Let their zeal revive again.


In the midst of opposition

Let them trust, O Lord, in Thee;

When success attends their mission,

Let Thy servants humble be:

Never leave them,

Till Thy face in heaven they see.


There to reap, in joy forever,

Fruit that grows from seed here sown;

There to be with Him, who never

Ceases to preserve His own,

And with triumph

Sing a Saviour’s grace alone.


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