Words: , 1890. Some hymn­als show the au­thor as Jul­ia Ster­ling, one of Fan­ny’s pseu­do­nyms.

This in­spir­ing song of fare­well to de­part­ing miss­ion­ar­ies was writ­ten in 1890 to Wood­bu­ry’s ap­prop­ri­ate po­pu­lar mel­o­dy by Fan­ny J. Cros­by, at the re­quest of . The key-word and re­frain are adapt­ed from the orig­in­al song by Wood­bu­ry (1848), but in sub­stance and lan­guage the three hymn-stan­zas are the new and in­de­pen­dent work of this lat­er writ­er.

Music: , 1848.

“Speed Away, Speed Away, on your Miss­ion of Light” was writ­ten af­ter hear­ing the beau­ti­ful In­di­an mel­o­dy which Mr. Sank­ey ar­ranged for my words. The orig­in­al In­di­an po­em told the sto­ry of a young maid­en who died leav­ing her fa­ther to mourn her un­time­ly loss, and how he was com­fort­ed by a mess­age brought him by a bird she had sent from the Hap­py Hunt­ing Grounds. This mel­o­dy seemed so beau­ti­ful that we thought it ought to have hymn-words and “Speed Away” was the out­come of this feel­ing. I wrote it hop­ing that it might in­spire some­one to go in­to the miss­ion fields across the sea.

Speed away, speed away, on your mission of light,
To the lands that are lying in darkness and night;
’Tis the Master’s command; go ye forth in His Name,
The wonderful Gospel of Jesus proclaim;
Take your lives in your hand, to the work while ’tis day,
Speed away, speed away, speed away.

Speed away, speed away with the life giving Word;
To the nations that know not the voice of the Lord;
Take the wings of the morning and fly o’er the wave,
In the strength of your Master the lost ones to save;
He is calling once more, not at moment’s delay,
Speed away, speed away, speed away.

Speed away, speed away with the message of rest,
To the souls by the tempter in bondage oppressed;
For the Savior has purchased their ransom from sin,
And the banquet is ready, O gather them in;
To the rescue make haste, there’s no time for delay,
Speed away, speed away, speed away.