Blessed Be the Fountain

Blessed be the Fountain of blood

Author: Eden Reeder Latta
Tune: [Blessed be the fountain of blood]
Published in 126 hymnals

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1 Blessed be the Fountain of blood,
To a world of sinners revealed;
Blessed be the dear Son of God -
Only by His stripes we are healed.
Tho I’ve wandered far from His fold,
Bringing to my heart pain and woe,
Wash me in the blood of the Lamb,
And I shall be whiter than snow.

Whiter than the snow,
Whiter than the snow,
Wash me in the blood of the Lamb,
And I shall be whiter than snow.

2 Thorny was the crown that He wore,
And the cross His body o’ercame;
Grievous were the sorrows He bore,
But He suffered thus not in vain.
May I to that Fountain be led,
Made to cleanse my sins here below;
Wash me in the blood that He shed,
And I shall be whiter than snow. [Chorus]

3 Father, I have wandered from Thee,
Often has my heart gone astray;
Crimson do my sins seem to me—
Water cannot wash them away.
Jesus, to the Fountain of Thine,
Leaning on Thy promise, I go;
Cleanse me by Thy washing divine,
And I shall be whiter than snow. [Chorus]

Source: Revival Hymns and Choruses #277

Author: Eden Reeder Latta

Rv Eden Reeder Latta USA 1839-1915. Born at Haw Patch, IN, the son of a Methodist minister, (also a boyhood friend of hymn writer Willam A Ogden) he became a school teacher. During the American Civil War he preached for the Manchester Methodist Church and other congregations (possibly as a circuit rider filling empty pulpits). In 1863 he married Mary Elizabeth Wright, and they had five children: Arthur, Robert, Jennie, two others. He taught for the public schools of Manchester, and later Colesburg, IA. He moved to Guttenberg, IA, in the 1890s, and continued writing song lyrics for several major gospel composers, including William Ogden, James McGranahan, James Fillmore, and Edmund Lorenz. He wrote 1600+ songs and hymns, many being wi… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Blessed be the Fountain of blood
Title: Blessed Be the Fountain
Author: Eden Reeder Latta
Meter: D with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Whiter than snow, whiter than snow
Notes: Swahili translation: See "Ndiyo damu ya baraka"
Copyright: Public Domain


Blessed be the Fountain of blood. [Good Friday.] In I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs and Solos; the Church Mission Hymnal, The Mission Hymnal of the C. P. A. Society, this hymn is given without date or authorship.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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