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The way of salvation

I sought for the blessing of pardon

Author: Henry L. Gilmour
Tune: [I sought for the blessing of pardon]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 I sought for the blessing of pardon,
My sins were like crimson, I know;
Oh, where could I find consolation?
How could they be “Whiter than snow?”
I sought thro’ my tears of repentance,
My heart overburdened with grief;
I wrestled in prayer for deliverance,
Beseeching the throne for relief.

2 The Spirit that first bade me welcome
To kneel at the altar of prayer
Said, “Calvary’s scene was enacted
To save thee from darkest despair.”
The cross! (more attractive than ever),
I wondered if viewing the blood
That flowed for my spirit’s redemption
Could bring me the pardon of God.

3 Then upward I looked at the Saviour
My sins there had nailed to the tree,
And tremblingly ventured to trust him,
My helpless condition my plea;
A peace that was calm as the sunset
Seemed all of my powers to control,
As faith, firmly grasping the promise,
Brought saving and health to my soul.

Source: Melodious Sonnets #58

Author: Henry L. Gilmour

Henry Lake Gilmour United Kingdom 1836-1920. Born at Londonderry, Ireland, he emigrated to America as a teenager, thinking he wanted to learn navigation. When he reached the U.S., he arrived in Philadelphia and decided to seek his fortune in America. He started working as a painter, then served in the American Civil War, where he was captured and spent several months in Libby Prison, Richmond, VA. He married Letitia Pauline Howard in 1858. After the war he trained as a dentist and did that for many years. In 1869 he moved to Wenonah, NJ, and helped found the Methodist church there in 1885. He served as Sunday school superintendent and, for four decades, directed the choir at the Pittman Grove Camp Meeting, also working as song leade… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I sought for the blessing of pardon
Title: The way of salvation
Author: Henry L. Gilmour
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)
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Melodious Sonnets #58

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Temple Trio #240

Work and Worship #d53

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