Scripture Verse

Jesus Christ…loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood. Revelation 1:5

Introduction

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Elisha A. Hoffman
1839–1929

Words: Ar­ranged from Eli­sha A. Hoff­man; first known publication was in Songs of Gratitude, ed­it­ed by James H. Fill­more (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Fill­more Bro­thers, 1887), page 5. Note: This source gives the author as George A. Robertson, possibly a pseu­do­nym, or an error; later hymnals all credit Hoffman.

Music: Ed­win O. Ex­cell, Songs for Young Peo­ple (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Curts & Jen­nings, 1897), num­ber 74 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Edwin O. Excell
1851–1921

Lyrics

Would you know why I love Jesus?
Why He is so dear to me?
’Tis because my blessèd Savior
From my sins hath set me free.

Refrain

This is why, yes, why I love Him,
This is why I love Him so;
He has pardoned my transgressions,
He has washed me white as snow.

Would you know why I love Jesus?
Why He is so dear to me?
’Tis because the blood of Jesus
Fully saves and cleanses me.

Refrain

Would you know why I love Jesus?
Why He is so dear to me?
’Tis because, amid temptation,
He supports and strengthens me.

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Would you know why I love Jesus?
Why He is so dear to me?
’Tis because, in every conflict,
Jesus gives me victory.

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Would you know why I love Jesus?
Why He is so dear to me?
’Tis because my friend and Savior
He will ever, ever be.

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