The four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints.@Revelation 5:8
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Arthur T. Pierson (1837-1911)

Arthur T. Pierson, 1874. When Daniel Whittle & Philip Bliss conducted a six-week campaign in Detroit, Michigan, they stayed in Pierson’s home. Pierson gave Bliss these words & was impressed that Bliss withdrew for a season of prayer before composing the music.

Chattanooga Philip P. Bliss (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876)

With harps and with vials, there stand a great throng
In the presence of Jesus, and sing this new song:

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Unto Him who hath loved us and washed us from sin,
Unto Him be the glory forever, Amen.

All these once were sinners, defiled in His sight,
Now arrayed in pure garments in praise they unite:

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He maketh the rebel a priest and a king,
He hath bought us and taught us this new song to sing:

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How helpless and hopeless we sinners had been,
If He never had loved us till cleansed from our sin:

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Aloud in His praises our voices shall ring,
So that others believing, this new song shall sing:

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