Scripture Verse

Baptizing…in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Matthew 28:19

Introduction

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William M. Bunting
1805–1866

Words: Will­iam M. Bun­ting, in Leif­child’s Orig­in­al Hymns, 1842, ti­tled Fa­ther, Our Child We Place. The ver­sion be­low, start­ing at stanza four of the orig­in­al, ap­peared in the Am­er­ican Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Hym­nal, 1878.

Music: Den­nis Hans G. Nä­ge­li (1773–1836). Ar­ranged by Lo­well Ma­son in The Psal­te­ry, 1845 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Hans G. Nägeli
1773–1836

Lyrics

Rites cannot change the heart,
Undo the evil done,
Or with the uttered name impart
The nature of Thy Son.

To meet our desperate want,
There gushed a crimson flood;
O from His heart’s o’erflowing font
Baptize this soul with blood!

Be grace from Christ our Lord,
And love from God supreme,
By the communing Spi­rit poured
In a perpetual stream!