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Open the wells of salvation

Lord, I am fondly, earnestly longing

Author: Elisha A. Hoffman
Published in 14 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Lord, I am fondly, earnestly longing
into thy holy likeness to grow,
thirsting for more and deeper communion,
yearning thy love more fully to know.

Open the wells of grace and salvation,
pour the rich streams deep into my heart.
Cleanse and refine my thought and affection,
seal me and make me pure as thou art.

2 Dead to the world would I be, O Savior,
dead unto sin, alive unto thee.
Crucify all the earthly within me,
emptied of sin and self may I be. [Refrain]

3 I would be thine and serve thee forever,
filled with thy Spirit, lost in thy love.
Come to my heart, Lord, come with anointing,
showers of grace send down from above. [Refrain]

Source: Voices Together #555

Author: Elisha A. Hoffman

Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929) after graduating from Union Seminary in Pennsylvania was ordained in 1868. As a minister he was appointed to the circuit in Napoleon, Ohio in 1872. He worked with the Evangelical Association's publishing arm in Cleveland for eleven years. He served in many chapels and churches in Cleveland and in Grafton in the 1880s, among them Bethel Home for Sailors and Seamen, Chestnut Ridge Union Chapel, Grace Congregational Church and Rockport Congregational Church. In his lifetime he wrote more than 2,000 gospel songs including"Leaning on the everlasting arms" (1894). The fifty song books he edited include Pentecostal Hymns No. 1 and The Evergreen, 1873. Mary Louise VanDyke… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lord, I am fondly, earnestly longing
Title: Open the wells of salvation
Author: Elisha A. Hoffman
Refrain First Line: Open the wells of grace and salvation
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #3916
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Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #467

Hymnal #514

The Christian Life Hymnal #494


The Cyber Hymnal #3916


Voices Together #555

Include 9 pre-1979 instances
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