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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