Grade Level 1

Year: 2019

Composer: William Himes


Program Notes:

Francis Ridley Havergal (1836-1879) was inspired by the story of God’s calling to Samuel as recorded in 1 Samuel 3 to write the text of this hymn. It has been long associated with the hymn tune “Ottawa” by Dr. Lowell Mason (1792-1872). Havergal’s text challenges one to listen for God’s voice and to respond with obedience, as seen in this verse:


Master, speak: and make me ready,

When Thy voice is truly heard,

With obedience glad and steady

Still to follow every word.

I am listening, Lord, for Thee;

Master, speak: O speak to me!


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