Missionary Embarkation Hymn

Already lies my childhood’s home behind me,
Though still I linger on my native ground ;

And here must soon be loosed the ties that bind me,
When moves yon ship, now by her anchor bound.

Friends of my home ! then fare-ye-well, I leave you ;
The sail is spread, the hoisted flag I see ;

Think, when in prayer, of me, nor let it grieve you ;
Mourn not, — remember who has gone with me.’

Missionary Embarkation Hymn (German). As recorded in The Life of John Milne by Horatius Bonar, Banner of Truth Trust, 169.

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