Words: , in Our Best En­dea­vor (Sil­ver Bur­dett & Com­pa­ny: 1892) (verse 1), and (vers­es 2-3). The orig­in­al ti­tle was “Go Stand and Speak,” with mu­­sic by Pri­­or.

This well-known miss­ion­ary and con­se­cra­tion hymn was adopt­ed by a class of over a hun­dred miss­ion­a­ry nurs­es at the Bat­tle Creek (Mi­chi­gan) San­i­tar­i­um as their class hymn. Eve­ry Sun­day af­ter­noon they would ga­ther for a so­cial meet­ing and al­ways sing [it]…In this class were stu­dents from near­ly ev­ery State of the Un­ion, from Aus­tral­ia, South Af­ri­ca, South Amer­i­ca, Bul­gar­ia, Ar­men­ia, and near­ly all the Eur­o­pe­an coun­tries. At the close of the course they agreed that after they had part­ed and gone to their dif­fer­ent fields, they would sing this hymn ev­ery Sun­day as they had done dur­ing their hap­py class-days.

Music: , 1894. She wrote the tune for these words, for use in a re­viv­al meet­ing at the Bap­tist church in Lynn, Mass­a­chu­setts.

It may not be on the mountain’s height, or over the stormy sea;
It may not be at the battle’s front my Lord will have need of me;
But if by a still, small voice He calls to paths I do not know,
I’ll answer, dear Lord, with my hand in Yours,
I’ll go where You want me to go.


I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord,
O’er mountain, or plain, or sea;
I’ll say what You want me to say, dear Lord,
I’ll be what You want me to be.

Perhaps today there are loving words which Jesus would have me speak;
There may be now, in the paths of sin, some wand’rer whom I should seek.
O Savior, if You will be my Guide, though dark and rugged the way,
My voice shall echo the message sweet,
I’ll say what You want me to say.


There’s surely somewhere a lowly place in earth’s harvest fields so wide,
Where I may labor through life’s short day for Jesus, the Crucified.
So, trusting my all unto Your care, I know You always love me!
I’ll do Your will with a heart sincere,
I’ll be what You want me to be.