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O for a Heart Whiter than Snow

O for a heart that is whiter than snow

Author: Eliza E. Hewitt (pub.1892)
Tune: [O for a heart that is whiter than snow] (Kirkpatrick)
Published in 47 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Oh, for a heart that is whiter than snow,
Kept, ever kept ’neath the life-giving flow,
Cleansed from all passion, self-seeking and pride,
Washed in the fountain of Calvary’s tide.

Oh, for a heart whiter than snow!
Savior divine, to whom else shall I go?
Thou who didst die, loving me so,
Give me a heart that is whiter than snow!

2 Oh, for a heart that is whiter than snow!
Calm in the peace that He loves to bestow;
Daily refreshed by the heavenly dews,
Ready for service whene’er He shall choose. [Refrain]

3 Oh, for a heart that is whiter than snow!
With the pure flame of the Spirit aglow;
Filled with the love that is true and sincere,
Love that is able to banish all fear. [Refrain]

4 Oh, for a heart that is whiter than snow!
Then in His grace and His knowledge to grow,
Growing like Him who my pattern shall be,
Till in His beauty my King I shall see. [Refrain]

Songs and Music [Salvation Army], 1922 (Timeless Truths)

Author: Eliza E. Hewitt

Pseudonym: Li­die H. Ed­munds. Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >



The Cyber Hymnal #4810
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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Small Church Music #5652
  • PDF Score (PDF)
Timeless Truths #755
  • Oh_for_a_Heart_Whiter_than_Snow.pdf (PDF)
  • Oh_for_a_Heart_Whiter_than_Snow.xml (XML)


Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Small Church Music #5652


The Cyber Hymnal #4810


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #443


Timeless Truths #755

Include 43 pre-1979 instances
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