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The living way

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1 My many sins I now can see,
How black they all appear!
O what a dreadful history,
It fills my soul with fear;
I’m sorry, Lord, for what I’ve done,
I cry for help to Thee;
Now for the sake of Thy dear Son,
Have mercy, Lord, on me.

Refrain:
Lord, in thy blessèd Word I’ve read
About a "living way,"
And that the blood of Christ was shed
To wash my sins away.

2 In years that now are past and gone
The prophet gave a call,
And this was it—"Ho, every one";
That surely must mean all,
And if he called to every one
I’m surely counted in;
My doubts and fears are almost gone,
To trust I now begin. [Refrain]

3 He bade them "to the waters come,"
He spoke of "milk and wine";
I’m thirsty, Father, give me some,
What Jesus bought is mine:
I drink, I drink, by living faith,
I feel my sins forgiven;
The merits of my Savior’s death
Makes me an heir to Heaven. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2704

Author: James L. Nicholson

James L Nicholson United Kingdom/USA 1828-1876. Born in Ireland, he emigrated to the United States around age 25. He lived in Philadelphia, PA, worked as a postal clerk, and was a member of the Wharton Street Methodist Episcopal Church there for about 20 years, where he taught Sunday school, led singing in church, and assisted in evangelical work. This was also hymn writer, William J Kirkpatrick’s, church. Around 1871 he moved to Washington, DC, and worked as a postal clerk there. In addition to his hymn writing, he also wrote several books, one on birds and their care, one on forensic medicine. He died in Washington, DC, but was buried in Philadelphia, PA. John Perry… Go to person page >

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First Line: My many sins I now can see
Title: The living way
Author: James L. Nicholson
Refrain First Line: Lord, in thy blessed Word
Copyright: Public Domain

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