Scripture Verse

A fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. Zechariah 13:1

Introduction

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Phoebe P. Knapp
1839–1908

Words: Phoe­be W. Palm­er (1807–1874). This song was in use in camp meet­ings by 1872, and was ap­par­ent­ly writ­ten the year be­fore. In an 1871 let­ter, Phoe­be Palm­er (the el­der) says she had been asked by her daugh­ter (Phoe­be Palm­er Knapp) to write a hymn po­em for her. It is thought Clean­sing Wave was the re­sult.

Music: Phoe­be P. Knapp (1839–1908) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Phoebe W. Palmer
1807–1874

Lyrics

Oh, now I see the cleansing wave!
The fountain deep and wide;
Jesus, my Lord, mighty to save,
Points to His wounded side.

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The cleansing stream I see! I see!
I plunge, and oh, it cleanseth me!
Oh, praise the Lord! It cleanseth me!
It cleanseth me—yes, cleanseth me.

I rise to walk in Heav’n’s own light,
Above the world and sin,
With heart made pure and garments white,
And Christ enthroned within.

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I see the new creation rise;
I hear the speaking blood.
It speaks! Polluted nature dies!
Sinks ’neath the cleansing flood.

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Amazing grace! ’tis Heav’n below
To feel the blood applied,
And Jesus, only Jesus know,
My Jesus crucified.

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