Cecil F. Anderson was a woman devoted to care for the disadvantaged, traveling many miles to visit the sick and the poor, providing food and clothing. Also a poet, her message of Jesus’ never ending love for us rings out clearly in this hymn of discipleship that she penned in 1852 for a collection of hymns for children. Thirty-five years later, William Jude set her words to a tune he named Galilee.
"Jesus calls us o’er the tumult of our life’s wild restless sea;
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth saying, “Christian follow me!”
Jesus calls us from the worship of the vain world’s golden store,
From each idol that would keep us, saying, “Christian, love me more.”
In our joys and in our sorrows, days of toil and hours of ease,
Still he calls, in cares and pleasures, “Christian, love me more than these.”
Jesus calls us by thy mercies, Savior may we hear thy call?
Give our hearts to thy obedience, serve and love thee best of all."