Song: Souls of Men, Why Will Ye Scatter? in Gospel Hymns No. 5

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Copyright 1861, in "Golden Chain", by Wm. B. Bradbury

Published in Gospel Hymns No. 5 (Copyright 1890, by The Biglow & Main Co. and The John Church Co.)

Lyricist(s):
Faber, Frederick W.

Page 72
Format: Mixed words and music
Designation: 70
Verses: 5 verses

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Souls of Men, Why Will Ye Scatter?, #70

Lyrics

Verse 1
Souls of men, why will ye scatter
Like a crowd of frighten’d sheep?
Foolish hearts! why will ye wander
From a love so true and deep?
Was there ever kinder Shepherd,
Half so gentle, half so sweet,
As the Saviour who would have us
Come and gather round His feet?

Verse 2
It is God! His love looks mighty,
But is mightier than it seems:
’Tis our Father, and His fondness
Goes far out beyond our dreams.
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
Like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in His justice,
Which is more than liberty.

Verse 3
There is no place where earth’s sorrows
Are more felt than up in heaven;
There is no place where earth’s failings
Have such kindly judgment given.
There is welcome for the sinner,
And more graces for the good;
There is mercy with the Saviour;
There is healing in His blood.

Verse 4
But we make His love too narrow,
By false limits of our own;
And we magnify His strictness
With a zeal He will not own.
There is plentiful redemption
In the blood that has been shed;
There is joy for all the members
In the sorrows of the Head.

Verse 5
If our love were but more simple
We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would all be sunshine
In the sweetness of our Lord.
For the love of God is broader
Than the measures of man’s mind;
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.