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I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say Hymn Story and Lyrics

I Heard The Voice of Jesus Say Hymn Story


Horatius Bonar was born in 1808 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was the son of an elder in the Church of Scotland.

Bonar himself later entered the ministry and became the pastor of the North Parish in the town of Kelso.

Soon after Bonar became a minister there was a schism in the Established Church of Scotland. Over four hundred ministers including Bonar broke away and formed the Free Church of Scotland.

In those days music in the church was made up of singing the Psalms and it was falling out of fashion especially with the youth. To make the music more palatable for the youth, Bonar started composing songs for the youth. Eventually, he also composed songs for the elders.

In composing the songs Bonar used simpler lyrics and used popular tunes of his day.

It was while he was still at Kelso that he composed, " I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say". This is perhaps his most popular hymn that continues to be sung in most of the English speaking Christian church.

Horatius Bonar


I Heard The Voice of Jesus Say Hymn Lyrics

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.



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.



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 traveling days are done.


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