Scripture Verse

Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32


Words: G. M. Bills, in The Gos­pel Hym­nal, by Ed­win O. Ex­cell (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Ea­ton & Mains, 1899), num­ber 138.

Music: Mat­thew L. Mc­Phail (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Matthew L. McPhail


At the mercy seat I linger,
Where I see the crimson seal,
Of the Love that bowed and suffered,
Death and darkness to repeal;
There my rescued soul is kneeling,
Lost in wonder at the grace,
That removes the curse eternal,
From a lost and ruined race.


At the mercy seat I linger,
Lo! the sprinkled blood I see,
Hallelujah, I am ransomed!
Hallelujah, I am free!

Here the holy bread is broken,
To sustain my fainting heart,
Here the gracious word is spoken
That will make my grief depart;
Lo! thy sins are all forgiven,
Go in peace and sin no more!

Satan’s cruel chain is riven,
And my slavery is o’er.


Here I drink the cup of healing
That will soothe my troubled breast,
Filled with faith and hope celestial,
Now I enter into rest;
From the Spirit’s holy altar,
To my lips will leap the flame,
That inspires the constant spreading
Of my great Redeemer’s fame.