Send I You
text of So Send I You, sometimes called the finest missionary
hymn of the twentieth century, was written by 22-year-old E. Margaret
in Saskatchewan, Margaret Clarkson grew up in Toronto. Jobs were so
scarce that she had to spend seven years in the far north of Ontario,
first in a lumber camp, then in a gold-mining area, before returning to
teach for 31 years in Toronto, retiring in 1973.
the north, she says, I experienced deep loneliness of every
kind—mental, cultural and particularly, spiritual—I found no
Bible-teaching church fellowship, and only one or two isolated
Christians, in those years.
the Word one night and thinking of the loneliness of my situation, I
came to John 20, and the words ‘So send I you.’ Because of a
physical disability I could never go to the mission field, and this was
where He had sent me. I had written verse all my life, so it was natural
for me to express my thoughts in a poem.
years later I realized that the poem was really very one-sided; it told
only of the sorrows and privations of the missionary call and none of
its triumphs. I wrote another song in the same rhythm so that verses
could be used interchangeably, setting forth the glory and the hope of
the missionary calling. This was published in 1963. Above all I wish to
be a biblical writer, and the second hymn is the more biblical one.
(1) So send I you- by grace made strong to triumph
O'er hosts of hell, o'er darkness, death and sin,
My name to bear, and in that name to conquer-
So end I you, my victory to win.
(2) So send I you- to take to souls in bondage
The word of truth that sets the captive free,
To break the bonds of sin, to loos death's fetters-
So send I you, to bring the lost to me.
(3) So send I you- My strength to know in weakness,
My joy in grief, My perfect peace in pain,
To prove My power, My grace, My promised presence-
So send I you, eternal fruit to gain.
(4) So send I you- to bear My cross with patience,
And then one day with joy to lay it down,
To hear My voice, "Well done, My faithful
Come, share My throne, my kingdom and My crown!"
"As the Father hath sent Me, So send I