I Heard The Voice of Jesus Say


This is a lovely hymn. Sung here by the choir from my home town, Manchester Cathedral “I Heard The Voice of Jesus Say”

The words are:

“I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”
by Horatius Bonar, 1808-1899

1. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Come unto Me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down,
Thy head upon My breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was,
Weary and worn and sad;
I found in Him a resting-place,
And He has made me glad.

2. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one,
Stoop down and drink and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
Of that life-giving stream.
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
And now I live in Him.

3. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s Light.
Look unto Me; thy morn shall rise
And all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found
In Him my Star, my Sun;
And in that Light of Life I’ll walk
Till travelling days are done.

The tune is Vox Dilecti which was written in 1868 by John B Dykes. Ralph Vaughan Williams used a very similar tune in the 5th of “Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus” which is doing the rounds on Classic FM at the moment. Both orchestral and choral versions are beautiful and just the thing for calming down at the end of the day.

Goodnight, God bless.

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