Once to the Lord, there came a trembling soul

Once to the Lord, there came a trembling soul

Author: Francis A. Blackmer
Tune: [Once to the Lord there came]
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1. Once to the Lord there came
A trembling soul;
She touched His garment's hem,
And was made whole.

Touch but the hem of His garment,
Haste, sinner, haste, I pray;
Touch but the hem of His garment,
And thou shalt be whole today.

2. No mighty task to do,
Simply believe;
Touch but His garment's hem
And health receive. [Chorus]

3. Tho' bow'd with weight of sin
Seek now the Lord;
Touching His garment's hem
Shall peace afford. [Chorus]

4. Sinner, stretch forth thy hand
This very hour;
Touch now His garment's hem,
Find saving power. [Chorus]

Source: The Gospel Awakening: a collection of original and selected "hymns and spiritual songs" for the use in gospel meetings everywhere #121

Author: Francis A. Blackmer

Blackmer, Francis Augustus. (Ware, Massachusetts, February 17, 1855--October 8, 1930, Somerville, Massachusetts). Advent Christian musician. His parents, Augustus and Jane Blackmer, were among those caught up in the excitement of the Millerite Movement. One son, Fred, became an Advent Christian minister. Francis, with a talent recognized at an early age, consecrated his own life to Christian service as a musician. He was immersed in baptism at the Adventist campmeeting in Springfield, Massachusetts, by Elder Miles Grant. His early years were spend in central Massachusetts, his schooling at Wilbraham Academy. He was largely self-taught in harmony and musical composition. He wrote the words and music to his first gospel song, "Out on the f… Go to person page >

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First Line: Once to the Lord, there came a trembling soul
Author: Francis A. Blackmer
Refrain First Line: Touch but the hem of his garment
Copyright: Public Domain


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