Scripture Verse

I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee…all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession. Genesis 17:8

Introduction

illustration
D. Rand Pierce
(1869–1947)

Words: D. Rand Pierce, 1894.

Mu­sic: Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick, 1894 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William J. Kirkpatrick
(1838–1921)

Lyrics

I was once out of Jesus,
I knocked, He let me in;
He knew that I was hungry,
And sick with inward sin.
To me He offered plenty,
I coldly turned away;
I thought ’twas all forgiveness,
O then I could not say—

Refrain

He saves me, He saves me,
From every stain of sin;
And now I rest in Canaan,
And Jesus dwells within.

But O, the love of Jesus,
He knew my grief and pain,
And sent a blessèd angel
To turn me back again;
And now I’m feasting with Him,
My Savior and my king,
And filled with holy rapture,
I love to shout and sing—

Refrain

How can I tell for Jesus,
His wondrous love to me,
That saved me from destruction,
And set my nature free;
These lips of mine are human
And cannot half express
His tender love and pleading,
But gladly I confess—

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