The Blood Washed Pilgrim

I saw a blood washed pilgrim, a sinner saved by grace

Author: Russell Kelso Carter
Tune: [I saw a wayworn traveler]
Published in 18 hymnals

Representative Text

1. I saw a blood-washed pilgrim,
A sinner saved by grace,
Upon the King's great highway,
With peaceful, shining face.
Temptations sore beset him,
But nothing could affright,
He said, "The yoke is easy,
The burden, it is light."

Oh! palms of victory, crowns of glory,
Palms of victory I shall wear.

2. His helmet was Salvation,
A simple Faith his shield,
And Righteousness his breast-plate;
The Spirit's sword he'd wield.
All fiery darts arrested,
And quenched their blazing flight;
He cried, "The yoke is easy,
The burden, it is light." [Chorus]

3. I saw him in the furnace,
He doubted not, nor feared,
And in the flames beside him
The Son of God appeared.
Though seven times 'twas heated
With all the tempter's might,
He said, "The yoke is easy,
The burden, it is light." [Chorus]

4. Mid storms, and clouds, and trials,
In prison, at the stake,
He leaped for joy, rejoicing,
'Twas all for Jesus' sake.
That God should count him worthy,
Was such supreme delight,
He cried, "The yoke is easy,
The burden is so light." [Chorus]

5. I saw him overcoming,
Through all the swelling strife,
Until he crossed the threshold
Of God's Eternal Life.
The Crown, the Throne, the Sceptre,
The Name, the Stone so White,
Were his, who found, in Jesus,
The yoke and burden light. [Chorus]

Source: The Gospel Awakening: a collection of original and selected "hymns and spiritual songs" for the use in gospel meetings everywhere #146

Author: Russell Kelso Carter

Russel Kelso Carter was a professor in the Pennsylvania Military College of Chester. While there he was licensed to preach by the Methodist Episcopal Church. He became very active in leading camp meetings and revivals. After failing health forced him to abandon this work, he studied and became a medical doctor as well as a writer. He wrote novels as well as hymns. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I saw a blood washed pilgrim, a sinner saved by grace
Title: The Blood Washed Pilgrim
Author: Russell Kelso Carter
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Then palms of victory, crowns of glory
Copyright: Public Domain



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