Lord, Thy servants forth are going
Lord, Thy servants forth are going. William Edward Winks* (1842-1926). Written in 1892 for a farewell service for missionaries going overseas, and published in Winks’s Christian Hymns and Songs for Church and Sunday School (1897). It then appeared in the Baptist Church Hymnal (1900); it was the only one of Winks’s hymns to have survived into BHB (1962) and it is found in Christian Worship (Exeter: Paternoster Press, 1976). It was designed to be hopeful and positive about missionary work, as in stanza 2:
Then, when desert sands are glowing Neath the noontide’s sultry heat, Living streams shall soon be flowing Mid the meadow fair and sweet; And a harvest Shall their raptured...
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