The passover

Representative Text

1 The day is dead, and Egypt's night returning,
Is dark and still in death's prophetic gloom.
The world sleeps on, but Israel's lamp is burning;
At midnight sounds the' oppressor's note of doom.

Refrain:
"I will pass over you, when I see the blood:"
I will pass over you, 'tis a saving flood.
"I will pass over you, when I see the blood,"
The precious blood of Jesus.

2 The Lamb is slain, the Sacrifice immortal,
Whose life received creates the soul anew;
His blood is shed, but is it on the portal?
O haste and see! doth it avail for you? [Refrain]

3 Not there? not there? no crimson on the lintel?
Delay! delay! O thou destroying One!
Give grace? give grace! it must be more than mental:
My heart! my heart! let there thy work be done. [Refrain]

4 Art safe, my soul! rest not in thy salvation,
Else thou art not like Him who came to die;
In love go forth with mercy's invitation,
Awake the world! death's angel passes by. [Refrain]

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #38

Author: Franklin E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

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First Line: The day is dead, and Egypt's night returning
Title: The passover
Author: Franklin E. Belden
Refrain First Line: I will pass over you, when I see the blood

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Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #38

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