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America, the Beautiful

Katharine Lee Bates
(1859-1929)

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And [continue reading…]

When I Saw the Cleansing Fountain (a.k.a. I Will Praise Him)

Margaret J. Harris
(1865-1919)

In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

Zechariah 13:1

When I saw the cleansing fountain
Open wide for all my sin,
I obeyed the Spirit’s wooing,
When He said, “Wilt thou be clean?”

Chorus:
I will praise Him! I will praise Him!
Praise the Lamb [continue reading…]

Face to Face with Christ, My Savior

Carrie E. Breck
(1855-1934)

Face to face with Christ, my Savior,
Face to face—what will it be,
When with rapture I behold Him,
Jesus Christ who died for me?

Chorus:
Face to face I shall [continue reading…]

Jesus May Come Today (a.k.a. Is It the Crowning Day?)

Henry Ostrom
(1862-1941)

Jesus may come today,
Glad day, glad day!
And I would see my friend;
Dangers and troubles would end
If Jesus should come today.

Chorus:
Glad day, glad day!
Is it the [continue reading…]

Jesus Is Coming!

Daniel Webster Whittle
(1840-1901)

Jesus is coming! O sing the glad word!
Coming for those He redeemed by His blood,
Coming to reign as the glorified Lord!
Jesus is coming again!

Chorus:
Jesus is coming, is coming again!
Jesus is coming again!
Shout the [continue reading…]

I Once Was a Stranger

Alternate title:
Jehovah Tsidkenu

Robert Murray M’Cheyne
(1813-1843)

“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch;
And He will reign as king and act wisely
And do justice and righteousness in the land.
In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell securely;
And this is His name by which He will be called,
The LORD our righteousness
(יְהוָה צִדְקֵנוּ / Yahweh ṣidəqēnû / Jehovah Tsidkenu).’”

—Jeremiah 23:5-6 nasb

I once was a stranger to grace and to God,
I knew not my danger, and felt not my load;
Though friends spoke in rapture of Christ on the tree,
Jehovah Tsidkenu was nothing to me.

I oft read with pleasure, to sooth or engage,
Isaiah´s wild measure [continue reading…]

There Is a Name I Love to Hear

Frederick Whitfield
(1829-1904)

We love because He first loved us.
—1 John 4:19—

There is a name I love to hear,
I love to speak its worth;
It sounds like music in mine ear,
The sweetest name on earth.

Chorus:1
O, how I love Jesus!
O, how I love Jesus!
O, how I love Jesus
Because He first loved me!

It tells me of a Savior’s love
Who died to set me free,
It tells me of His precious blood,
The sinner’s perfect plea.

It tells me of a Father’s smile [continue reading…]

Ebed-Melech

Amos R. Wells
(1862-1933)

10Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, “Take thirty men from here under your authority and bring up Jeremiah the prophet from the cistern before he dies.” 11So Ebed-melech took the men under his authority and went into the king's palace to a place beneath the storeroom and took from there worn-out clothes and worn-out rags and let them down by ropes into the cistern to Jeremiah. 12Then Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said to Jeremiah, “Now put these worn-out clothes and rags under your armpits under the ropes”; and Jeremiah did so.

Jeremiah 38:10-12 nasb

Hail to thoughtful Ebed-melech,
Ebed-melech, bold and kind —
Slave, well worthy to be freeman,
Royal heart and ready mind!
Where a cowardly king was feeble,
He was quick to dare and do,
Pitiful to Jeremiah,
Strong to [continue reading…]

Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling

Daniel March
(1816–1909)

Hark, the voice of Jesus calling,
“Who will go and work today?
Fields are ripe and harvests waiting,
Who will bear the sheaves away?”
Long and loud the Master calls us,
Rich reward He offers free;
Who will answer, gladly saying,
“Here am I, send me, send me”?

If you cannot [continue reading…]

Lord, Speak to Me

Original title:
A Worker’s Prayer

Frances Ridley Havergal
(1836-1879)

Lord, speak to me, that I may speak
In living echoes of Thy tone;
As Thou hast sought, so let me seek
Thy erring children, lost and lone.

O lead me, Lord, that I may lead [continue reading…]

If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee

(a.k.a. If You Will Only Let God Guide You)

Georg Neumark
(1621-1681)
translated by
Catherine Winkworth
(1827-1878)

If thou but suffer God to guide thee
And hope in Him through all thy ways,
He’ll give thee strength, whate’er betide thee,
And bear thee through the evil days.
Who trust in God’s unchanging love
Builds on the rock that [continue reading…]

A Song of Joy at Dawn

Paul Gerhardt
(1607-1676)
translated by
Catherine Winkworth
(1827-1878)

All my heart this night rejoices,
As I hear,
Far and near,
Sweetest angel voices;
“Christ is born,” their choirs are singing,
Till the air
Everywhere
Now with joy is ringing.

For it dawns — the promised morrow [continue reading…]

A Carol

Martin Luther
(1483-1546)
“Written for his little son Hans”
translated by
Catherine Winkworth
(1827-1878)

“Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.”

Luke 2:10

The Angel’s Proclamation:

From heaven above to earth I come
To bear good news to every home;
Glad tidings of great joy I bring,
Whereof I now will say and sing:

To you this night is born [continue reading…]

We Love Him for He First Loved Us

Gerhard Tersteegen
(1697-1769)
translated by
Catherine Winkworth
(1827-1878)

Thou fairest Child Divine,
In yonder manger laid,
In whom is God Himself well pleased,
By whom were all things made,
On me art Thou bestow’d;
How can such wonders be!
The dearest that the Father hath
He gives me here in Thee!

I was a foe to God,
I fought in Satan’s host,
I trifled [continue reading…]