Scripture Verse

Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7

Introduction

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Eliza E. Hewitt (1851–1920)

Words: Eli­za E. Hew­itt, in Jun­ior Songs, ed­it­ed by John R. Swe­ney & Will­iam Kirk­pat­rick (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1892), num­ber 19.

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

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William J. Kirkpatrick (1838–1921)

Lyrics

Oh, for a heart that is whit­er than snow,
Kept, ev­er kept ’neath the life giv­ing flow,
Cleansed from all pas­sion, self-seek­ing and pride,
Washed in the foun­tain of Cal­va­ry’s tide.

Refrain

Oh, for a heart whit­er than snow!
Savior di­vine, to whom else shall I go?
Thou who didst die, lov­ing me so,
Give me a heart that is whit­er than snow!

Oh, for a heart that is whit­er than snow!
Calm in the peace that He loves to be­stow;
Daily re­freshed by the hea­ven­ly dews,
Ready for ser­vice when­e’er He shall choose.

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Oh, for a heart that is whit­er than snow!
With the pure flame of the Spi­rit aglow;
Filled with the love that is true and sin­cere,
Love that is able to ban­ish all fear.

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Oh, for a heart that is whit­er than snow!
Then in His grace and His know­ledge to grow,
Growing like Him who my pat­tern shall be,
Till in His beau­ty my king I shall see.

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