Keep Thyself Pure

Keep thyself pure, Christ's soldier, hear

Author: Adelaide M. Plumptre
Tune: PENTECOST (Boyd)
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1 Keep thyself pure! Christ's soldier, hear
Thro' life's long strife the call rings clear,
Thy Captain speaks; His word obey;
So shall thy strength be as thy day.

2 Keep thyself pure! Thrice blessed he
Whose heart from taint of sin is free;
His feet shall stand where saints have trod,
He with rapt eyes shall see his God.

3 Keep thyself pure! For He who died,
Himself for thy sake sanctified;
Then hear Him speaking from the skies
And victor o'er temptation rise.

4 O Holy Spirit, keep us pure,
Grant us Thy strength when sins allure;
Our bodies are Thy temple, Lord;
Be Thou in thought and act adored.

Source: The Church Hymnal: containing hymns approved and set forth by the general conventions of 1892 and 1916; together with hymns for the use of guilds and brotherhoods, and for special occasions (Rev. ed) #527

Author: Adelaide M. Plumptre

Plumptre, Adelaide Mary (Wynne Willson). (Hanborough, England, January 22, 1871--September 1948, Toronto, Ontario). Anglican. Studied, then taught, at Somerville College, Oxford, before marrying (1901) Henry Pemberton Plumptre and coming to Canada, where he became chaplain of Wycliffe College, Toronto (1901-1903) and curate of St. George's, Montreal (1903-1908) before returning briefly to England. In 1909 he came back to Toronto as rector of St. James' Cathedral, succeeding Edward Ashurst Welch; after his retirement in 1935, the couple lived on in Toronto, where Adelaide Plumptre published a pamphlet of hymns just before her death. "Keep thyself pure!", which the Book of Common Praise (1908 and 1938) included, dates from 1907, when the temp… Go to person page >

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First Line: Keep thyself pure, Christ's soldier, hear
Title: Keep Thyself Pure
Author: Adelaide M. Plumptre
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



William Boyd (b. Montego Bay, Jamaica, 1847; d. Paddington, England, 1928) composed PENTECOST in 1864 for the hymn text "Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire"; it was published in 1868 in Thirty-Two Hymn Tunes Composed by Members of the University of Oxford. The name PENTECOST derives from the subjec…

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