Scripture Verse

By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8–9


Edgar P. Stites

Words: Ed­gar P. Stites, in The Wells of Sal­va­tion, ed­it­ed by John R. Swe­ney & Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (Phil­a­delphia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1881), page 42. Some hym­nals show the lyr­i­cist as Ed­gar Page, Stites’ pseu­do­nym.

Music: Tho­mas H. Er­vin (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Er­vin’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


’Tis simple faith that breaks the power
And sets us free from sin,
’Tis simple faith unlocks the gate
Of Heav’n and lets us in.


Fully believing, always receiving,
Blessing we ask of the Lord;
Gifts without measure,
Poured from His treasure—
Answers to faith in His word.

Just simple faith in Christ will save
The humblest trembling soul;
There’s none so poor, and none so sick,
But He will make them whole.


By simple faith we bring to Him,
Not wondrous words of prayer,
But humbly bring a contrite heart,
And trust, and leave it there.


Thus simple faith and perfect love
Shall lift my soul so high,
’Twill give a crown the stars above,
A home beyond the sky.