Scripture Verse

The blood of Jesus Christ…cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7


Words & Mu­sic: An­nabelle W. Wa­te­rman, 1920 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Origin of the Hymn

From a home with one bro­ther and one sis­ter, Charles Wa­ter­man’s urge was to see the coun­try. This took him to hitch­hik­ing on the rai­lroad to Ca­li­for­nia. He was in­flu­enced by the world­ly crowd and gave him­self to be­come an al­co­hol­ic.

Even as such, he worked his way up to be­come an en­gin­eer on the steam lo­co­mo­tive. He mar­ried An­na, who had a Chris­tian back­ground and did what she could to keep the tes­ti­mo­ny be­fore him.

Anna was dis­cour­aged at the path her husband fol­lowed be­cause it was caus­ing him to miss work on some of his hang­ov­ers. So she asked a la­dy in her town in Ca­li­for­nia to meet with her and help her pray for Charles to be saved.

His wild life went on for three or more years, and one night he be­came fright­ened while un­der the influence, and when he fi­nal­ly ar­rived at home, he told An­na he want­ed to be saved.

She im­me­di­ate­ly called her friend who came ov­er to their home and they led him to the Lord. He begged the Lord for for­give­ness and to clean up his life, which the Lord did.

The hap­pi­ness that fol­lowed caused An­na to write this song. A book with ov­er 30 oth­er songs was col­lected and pub­lished.

They vis­it­ed in Lo­di, Foun­tain Coun­ty, In­di­ana, and at the Bap­tist Church, lat­er named Wa­ter­man Bap­tist Church.


Come, ye sinners, lost and hopeless,
Jesus’ blood can make you free;
For He saved the worst among you,
When He saved a wretch like me.


And I know, yes, I know
Jesus’ blood can make the vilest sinner clean,
And I know, yes, I know
Jesus’ blood can make the vilest sinner clean.

To the faint He giveth power,
Through the mountains makes a way;
Findeth water in the desert,
Turns the night to golden day.


In temptation He is near thee,
Holds the pow’rs of hell at bay;
Guides you to the path of safety,
Gives you grace for ev’ry day.


He will keep thee while the ages
Roll throughout eternity;
Though earth hinders and hell rages,
All must work for good to thee.