Scripture Verse

His children shall have a place of refuge. Proverbs 14:26

Introduction

Words: George P. R. Ew­ens, in the Sal­va­tion Ar­my’s War Cry, June 16, 1881. This song has pub­lished and adapt­ed ma­ny times, some­times giv­ing cre­dit to dif­fer­ent au­thors and com­pos­ers.

Music: Adapt­ed from Ed­ward E. Nick­er­son, High­way Hymns (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: 1886), num­ber 20 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ew­ens, or a bet­ter one of Nick­er­son (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

illustration
Edward E. Nickerson, 1884

Lyrics

If you want pardon, if you want peace,
If you want sorrow and sighing to cease,
Look up to Jesus who died on the tree
To purchase a full salvation.

Refrain

Living beneath the shade of the cross,
Counting the jewels of earth but dross,
Cleansed in the blood that flows from His side,
Enjoying a full salvation.

If you want Jesus’ reign in your soul,
Plunge in the fountain and you shall be whole,
Washed in the blood of the crucified One,
Enjoying a full salvation.

Refrain

If you want boldness, join in the fight;
If you want purity, walk in the light;
If you want liberty, shout and be free,
Enjoying a full salvation.

Refrain

If you’d be holy, cling to the cross,
Counting earth’s riches as nothing but dross;
Down at His feet you’ll be cleansed and made free
Enjoying a full salvation.

Refrain