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Christ, the fountain

Fountain of purity, opened for sin

Author: Christopher Newman Hall
Tune: [Fountain of purity opened for sin] (Case)
Published in 12 hymnals

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1. Fountain of purity opened for sin
Here may the penitent wash and be clean;
Jesus, Thou blessèd Redeemer from woe,
Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Whiter than snow, whiter than snow,
Wash me, Redeemer,
And I shall be whiter than snow.

2. Though I have labored again and again,
All my self-cleansing is utterly vain;
Jesus, Redeemer from sorrow and woe,
Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. [Refrain]

3. Cleanse Thou the thoughts of my heart, I implore,
Help me Thy light to reflect more and more;
Daily in loving obedience to grow,
Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. [Refrain]

4. Whiter than snow! nothing further I need,
Christ is the Fountain; this only I plead;
Jesus, my Savior, to Thee will I go,
Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1606

Author: Christopher Newman Hall

Hall, Christopher Newman, LL.B., son of J. Vine Hall, was born at Maidstone, May 22, 1816, and educated at Totteridge School, and Highbury College, London. In 1841 he graduated B.A. at the University of London, and LL.B. in 1856. From 1842 to 1854 he was minister of Albion Church, Hull; and from 1854 he has been in charge of Surrey Chapel, and its continuation, Christ Church, Westminster. He was also chairman of the Congregational Union of England and Wales in 1876. In addition to several prose works, and numerous tracts (one of which, "Come to Jesus," has been translated into 30 languages and has reached a circulation of two millions), he published:— (1) Hymns composed at Bolton Abbey, and Other Rhymes, Lond., Nisbet, 1858; (2) Cloud an… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Fountain of purity, opened for sin
Title: Christ, the fountain
Author: Christopher Newman Hall
Refrain First Line: Whiter than snow



The Cyber Hymnal #1606
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