1 I do believe the Bible, the blessed word of God,
For life unto its promises I cleave;
It points me to the pathway the saints and martyrs trod,
My Father is its author, and I believe.
Yes, I believe the blessed word of God,
It marks the path his people all have trod;
The story from creation,
Way thro' to "Revelation,"
Bears proof of inspiration,
And I believe.
2 It was my parent's counsel, to them its truths were grand,
And mem'ry oft a picture sweet doth weave,
Of that "old-fashioned Bible that lay upon the stand,"
In life, in death it sav'd them, and I believe. [Chorus]
3 I once was lost and dying in darkness and despair,
And o'er my lost condition long time griev'd,
Until I search'd the Bible and read of Jesus there,
Who sweetly blest and sav'd me, when I believed. [Chorus]
4 Bold infidels may cavil, and scorn the blessed Book,
And with a false hope, too, themselves deceive;
And yet the while the Bible gives life to those who look
With faith upon its pages, and I believe. [Chorus]
Blackmer, Francis Augustus. (Ware, Massachusetts, February 17, 1855--October 8, 1930, Somerville, Massachusetts). Advent Christian musician. His parents, Augustus and Jane Blackmer, were among those caught up in the excitement of the Millerite Movement. One son, Fred, became an Advent Christian minister. Francis, with a talent recognized at an early age, consecrated his own life to Christian service as a musician. He was immersed in baptism at the Adventist campmeeting in Springfield, Massachusetts, by Elder Miles Grant.
His early years were spend in central Massachusetts, his schooling at Wilbraham Academy. He was largely self-taught in harmony and musical composition. He wrote the words and music to his first gospel song, "Out on the f… Go to person page >