Scripture Verse

A certain woman, who had an issue of blood twelve years…when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched His garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. Mark 5:25–34


Words: Cyn­thie H. Wil­son, in Crown­ing Glo­ry No. 2, ed­it­ed by Pe­ter Bil­horn (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: P. Bil­horn, 1891), num­ber 9.

Music: Pe­ter P. Bil­horn (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Wil­son (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Peter P. Bilhorn


Only a touch of the tremulous hand,
As the curious throng drew nigh;
Only a touch! but how wondrous and grand!
The Master was passing by.


Only a touch! only a touch!
Touch Him, and you’ll know why;
Only a touch of His garment’s hem:
O touch Him! ere He pass by.

Only a touch! but the answer came swift,
And tho’ all of her living was spent,
Only a touch! what a glorious gift,
The healing to her was sent.


Only a touch! of the tremulous soul,
As she pressed in the surging throng;
Only a touch! yet it made her whole,
And virtue had made her strong.


Only a touch of His garment’s hem,
With a hope in His healing grace;
Only a touch! with a faith in Him,
He turned and beheld her face.