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As white as snow

Over the plains and hillsides

Author: Jennie Evelyn Hussey
Tune: [Over the plains and hillsides]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Over the plains and hillsides
Lies the untrodden snow,
Marr’d by no human footprint,
Fair in the noontide glow.
Oft as it lies before me
Cometh the word of light
Unto my sin-stain’d spirit,
“Scarlet shall be as white.”

Wonderful word of promise
Unto the sinful soul:
There is a cleansing fountain
Opened to make thee whole.
So when I see the snowflakes
Fair in the noontide glow,
Then to my heart I whisper,
“Thou shalt be as white as snow.”

2 Glorious transformation—
Sins that like scarlet glow,
E’en tho’ they be as crimson,
“They shall be as white as snow.”
Never a word more blessed
Comes to the heart of sin.
Fly to the cleansing fountain,
“Wash you and make you clean.” [Refrain]

3 Beautiful type he giveth,
What is so white as snow?
Naught but the sin-stain’d spirit
Wash’d in the crimson flow.
Soon with the saints in glory,
Clad in fair robes of light,
We shall repeat the story,
“Jesus hath made us white.” [Refrain]

Source: The Old Story in Song #40

Author: Jennie Evelyn Hussey

Jane Evelyn Hussy was born 8 February 1874 in Henniker, N.H. She was an invalid from rheumatism. She began writing verse as a child. The first were published when she was thirteen. At sixteen she began to write stories, articles and designs for crochet needlework for magazines. In 1898 her first hymns were published. She was a member of the Society of Friends. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Over the plains and hillsides
Title: As white as snow
Author: Jennie Evelyn Hussey
Refrain First Line: Wonderful word of promise



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

Cross and Crown Hymnal, 3rd ed. #d338

Gospel Songs No. 2 #d120

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The Old Story in Song #40

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