Oft heralded as the finest work of Horatius Bonar, these lines were authored while he pastored in Scotland. As was his custom, the lines are accessible for the youngest believer. Pastor Bonar desired greatly that lads and lasses might learn Bible truth through song.
1. I heard the voice of Je-sus say,
Come un-to me and rest;
Lay down, thou wea-ry one, lay down
Thy head up-on my breast.
I came to Je-sus as I was,
Wea-ry, and worn, and sad,
I found in him a rest-ing- place,
And he has made me glad.
2. I heard the voice of Je-sus say,
Be-hold, I free-ly give
The liv-ing wa-ter,– thirst-y one,
Stoop down, and drink, and live.
I came to Je-sus and I drank
Of that life-giv- ing stream,
My thirst was quenched, my soul re-vived,
And now I live in him.
3. I heard the voice of Je-sus say,
I am this dark world’s light,
Look un-to me, thy morn shall rise,
And all thy day be bright.
I looked to Je-sus, and I found
In him, my Star, my Sun;
And in that light of life I’ll walk,
Till trav-’ling days are done.
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