This hymn by Samuel J. Stone was printed in a biography I read recently, and it really struck me. It’s inspired by Paul’s vision of the man from Macedonia in Acts 16. I’ve made a few modifications to soften the impact of the dated language, and to “sharpen the point” a little bit. Can any of my Christian readers suggest an appropriate tune?
Through midnight gloom from Macedon,
The cry of thousands as of one;
The voiceful silence of despair
Is eloquent in fervent prayer:
The soul’s imploring, bitter cry,
“Come here and help us, or we die.”
How mournfully it echoes on,
For half the earth is Macedon;
These brothers to their brothers call,
And by the Love which loves them all,
And by the whole world’s Life they cry,
“O you that live, behold we die!”
By other sounds the world is won
Than that which wails from Macedon;
The West drowns out their desp’rate plea
Rejoicing in security
And does not heed the distant cry
“O hear and help us, lest we die!”
Yet with that cry of Macedon
The Great Commission echoes on.
“I come; who will go forth today,
In desert lands prepare My way?
My voice is crying in their cry,
Go help the dying, lest you die.”
Jesus, triumphant risen Son,
The cry is yours from Macedon;
Oh, by the kingdom and the power
And glory of your advent hour,
Wake hearts and wills to hear their cry;
Help us to help them, lest we die.