Words: , in The Re­viv­al, Ap­ril 28, 1860:

“A party of young friends over whom I was watch­ing with anx­ious hope at­tend­ed a meeet­ing in which de­tails were giv­en of a re­viv­al work in Ire­land. They came back great­ly im­pressed. My fear was lest thir own fleece re­main dry, and I pressed up­on them the pri­vi­lege and re­spon­si­bil­i­ty of get­ting a share in the out­poured bless­ing. On the Sun­day fol­low­ing, not be­ing well enough to get out, I had a time of qui­et com­mun­ion. Those child­ren were still on my heart, and I longed to press up­on them an ear­nest in­di­vid­u­al ap­peal. Without ef­fort words seemed to be giv­en to me, and they took the form of a hymn,” which as it was passed from one to ano­ther of the young peo­ple, “be­came a word of pow­er.”

Music: , 1862. Al­ter­nate tunes:

  • Etiam et Mihi, , in the Hymn­al Com­pan­ion to the Book of Com­mon Pray­er, 1877
  • Showers of Bless­ing (Mac­La­gan), , in the Col­lec­tion of Hymn Tunes, 1884

A gen­tle­man in Eng­land sends this in­ci­dent: “A poor wo­man, in a dark vil­lage, at­tend­ed a High Church mis­sion, where the good Gos­pel hymn, ‘Ev­en Me,’ was sung from a print­ed leaf­let. A few days af­ter­ward the old wo­man be­came ser­i­ousl­y ill, and soon she died. But she seemed to have tak­en in all the Gos­pel through this hymn, and to the last re­peat­ed with rev­er­ence and joy, ‘Ev­en me, ev­en me,’ not re­mem­ber­ing one word of the ser­mon that she had heard at the mis­sion. This was in 1877. Soon af­ter we had an evan­gel­is­tic meet­ing in the same vil­lage, in a barn three hun­dred years old, where this hymn was sung with great ef­fect.”

Lord, I hear of showers of blessing,
Thou art scattering full and free;
Showers the thirsty land refreshing;
Let some drops now fall on me;
Even me, even me,
Let some drops now fall on me.

Pass me not, O God, my Father,
Sinful though my heart may be;
Thou mightst leave me, but the rather;
Let Thy mercy light on me;
Even me, even me,
Let Thy mercy light on me.

Pass me not, O gracious Savior,
Let me live and cling to Thee;
I am longing for Thy favor;
Whilst Thou’rt calling, O call me;
Even me, even me,
Whilst Thou’rt calling, O call me.

Pass me not, O mighty Spirit!
Thou canst make the blind to see;
Witnesser of Jesus’ merit,
Speak the Word of power to me;
Even me, even me,
Speak the Word of power to me.

Have I been in sin long sleeping,
Long been slighting, grieving Thee?
Has the world my heart been keeping?
O forgive and rescue me;
Even me, even me,
O forgive and rescue me.

Love of God, so pure and changeless,
Blood of Christ, so rich and free;
Grace of God, so strong and boundless
Magnify them all in me;
Even me, even me,
Magnify them all in me.

Pass me not; but pardon bringing,
Bind my heart, O Lord, to Thee;
Whilst the streams of life are springing,
Blessing others, O bless me;
Even me, even me,
Blessing others, O bless me.

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