Words: Daniel March (b. July 21, 1816; d. Mar. 2, 1909)
Music: Ellesdie, attributed to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (b. Jan. 27, 1756; d. Dec. 5:1791)
Hark, the voice of Jesus calling, “Who will go and work today?
Fields are ripe and harvests waiting, who will bear the sheaves away?”
Long and loud the Master calls us, rich reward He offers free;
Who will answer, gladly saying, “Here am I, send me, send me”?
If you cannot cross the ocean, And the distant lands explore,
You can find the lost around you, You can help them at your door;
If you cannot give your thousands, You can give the widow’s mite;
What you truly give for Jesus, Will be precious in His sight.
If you cannot speak like angels, if you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus, you can say He died for all.
If you cannot rouse the wicked, with the judgment’s dread alarms,
You can lead the little children to the Savior’s waiting arms.
If you cannot be a watchman, standing high on Zion’s wall,
Pointing out the path to heaven, offering life and peace to all,
With your prayers and with your offerings you can do what God demands;
You can be like faithful Aaron, holding up the prophet’s hands.
Let none hear you idly saying, “There is nothing I can do.”
While the lost of earth are dying, and the Master calls for you;
Take the task He gives you gladly; let His work your pleasure be;
Answer quickly when He calls you, “Here am I, send me, send me.”
On October 18th 1868 Rev. Daniel March was asked to preach for the Christian Association of Philadelphia and his message was from the book of Isaiah 6:8: Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? ” And I said, “Here am I. Send me! Daniel March decided that his message should be followed by an appropriate song. He noticed with disappointment that the program of the service required singing a song that was entirely unrelated to his message for the day. He looked around for a substitute and found that there was none which fitted his sermon message. Dr. March then decided to write a song of his own which would bring out what he meant to share that day. In a great hurry he composed the words of this great hymn on the spot and it was sung from the original manuscript. What an encouragement for those of us who think that we do not have good talents. Even if you have never done anything in life before, there is a beginning. God can use you.
Dr. Daniel March was born on July 21, 1816 and died on March. 2, 1909. The music is attributed to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart’s impressive full name is actually Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Daniel March’s hymn has six stanzas as found in most hymn books.
That great hymn hits the nail on the head, doesn’t it? “Hark! The voice of Jesus crying, ‘Who will go and work today?’… Let none hear you idly saying, ‘There is nothing I can do!’ While the multitudes are dying and the Master calls for you!’” We have before us a story that speaks to every Gospel messenger—a story that reminds us what the Master does for his messengers and what the Master wants his messengers to do for him.