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
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Edgar P. Stites (1836–1921)

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.

Tho­mas Er­vin (🔊 pdf nwc).

’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.

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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.

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

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

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