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Wash and Be Clean

Royal and rare was the wondrous store

Author: W. E. Penn
Tune: [Royal and rare was the wondrous store]
Published in 3 hymnals

Representative Text

1. Royal and rare was the wondrous store
Naaman had bro't to the prophet's door,
Willing to give his countless wealth
To be restored to perfect health.

Wash and be clean, wash and be clean,
Wash in the fountain once open'd for sin;
Wash and be clean, wash and be clean,
This is the message: "Believe on His name."

2. Nothing to do but believe and live;
God was the Giver and loved to give;
Such was the message that came to him,
Bidding the leper "Wash and be clean." [Chorus]

3. Naaman, in anger, would not obey,
Proudly rejecting the simple way,
He would have purchased his health with gold,
Naught that was needed would he withhold. [Chorus]

Source: The Gospel Awakening: a collection of original and selected "hymns and spiritual songs" for the use in gospel meetings everywhere #17

Author: W. E. Penn

Penn, William Evander. (Near village of Old Jefferson, Rutherford County, Tennessee, August 11, 1832--April 29, 1895, Eureka Springs, Arkansas). Southern Baptist. Evangelist in Texas and other states, 1875-1895. Compiled three hymnals titled Harvest Bells (1881, 1884, 1887) for use in his meetings. His hymns were primarily revivalistic in emphasis. His finest hymn, "There is a rock in a weary land, Its shadow falls on the burning sand" was paid the compliment of being reworked and issued under the name of Edward Husband in D.B. Towner's Revival Hymns (Chicago, 1905). He and his wife Corilla Frances Sayle adopted three children. Ordained December 4, 1880. --David W. Music, and additional information from the DNAH Archives See:… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Royal and rare was the wondrous store
Title: Wash and Be Clean
Author: W. E. Penn
Refrain First Line: Wash and be clean



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

Harvest Bells No. 1 #d70

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On Wings of Song #110

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The Gospel Awakening #17

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