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Hark! the voice of Jesus calling

Hark! the voice of Jesus calling. Albert Midlane* (1825-1909). This hymn was written in August 1860 and first published in The Ambassadors’ Hymn Book (1861). This was a book of one hundred hymns, published by the Gospel Tract Depot, of which 49 are stated to be by Midlane in manuscript notes in the British Library copy. It was then published in Midlane’s Gospel Echoes, or, Help to the heralds of salvation (1865). Although beginning with the text from Matthew 11: 28 (‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest’), its four stanzas are filled with the images of evangelical religion: Hark! the voice of Jesus calling:   Come, ye guilty, come to me; I have rest...

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