Rescue The Perishing ~ Fanny J. Crosby

 I can remember driving to church on Sunday mornings with the radio tuned to a station that played a service at the Rescue Mission. This was the theme song that I remember so well being sung each week.

Fanny Crosby (1820-1915)

Sometime after [this] hymn became known I was at a ser­vice one even­ing and a young man told the sto­ry of his con­ver­sion. Poor and hun­gry, he had walked the streets for want of some­thing bet­ter to do. He heard the sing­ing at a mis­sion; he went in; and be­fore the serv­ice was con­clud­ed his heart broke in con­tr­ition.

“I was just rea­dy to per­ish,” he said to me, “but that hymn, by the grace of God saved me.”

Rescue The Perishing

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.


Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.

Though they are slighting Him, still He is waiting,
Waiting the penitent child to receive;
Plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently;
He will forgive if they only believe.


Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter,
Feelings lie buried that grace can restore;
Touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness,
Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.


Rescue the perishing, duty demands it;
Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;
Back to the narrow way patiently win them;
Tell the poor wand’rer a Savior has died.


About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

5 thoughts on “Rescue The Perishing ~ Fanny J. Crosby

  1. I’ve sung it with gusto many many times.
    It’s sometimes so wonderful to read the verses carefully and then seeing them for the first time.

    Lovella, Yep, with gusto for sure! blessings…

  2. Fanny Crosby is one of my all time favorite hymn writers. I love that she said to a man who pitied her for being blind, (paraphrase) “But the first face I will see will be my Lord’s.” What a marvelous gift her hymns are to the Christian faith.

    Elle, That is a great quote. Now she’s got the right perspective! blessings…

  3. I grew up with that hymn! Fanny Crosby blessed us with many wonderful hymns. I love some of the new praise and worship music that contemporary artists and songwriters are giving us. However, there is comfort in hearing the old songs.

    Myrna, I love both, also. blessings…

  4. I hadn’t heard Fanny C’s background for writing that great hymn before. I agree w/ Myrna, nothing like hearing and singing old favorite humns. thanks for posting this Ellen.

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