The Refiner's Fire

The refiner sat by the seven fold fire

Author: James M. Gray
Published in 4 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 The Refiner sat by the seven-fold fire,
AS he watched by the precious ore,
And He bent more close with a searching gaze,
As He heated it more and more,
For He knew the ore that could stand the test,
And He wanted the finest gold
For to mould as a crown for the King to wear,
Set with gems with a price untold.

Refrain:
He knew He had ore that could stand the test,
And He wanted the finest gold
To mould as a crown for the King to wear,
Set with gems with a price untold.

2 So He laid our gold in the flaming fire,
Though we fain would have said Him nay;
And He watched the dross that we had not seen,
And it melted and passed away,
And the gold grew brighter and yet more bright,
But our eyes were so dim with tears
That we saw but the fire, not the Master’s hand,
And we questioned with anxious fears. [Refrain]

3 Should we think it pleased such a loving heart
For to cause us a moment’s pain?
‘Tis not so, but that through the present cross
He should see an eternal gain.
So He waited there with a watchful eye,
And a love that is strong and sure;
And His gold did not suffer a bit more heat
Than was needed to make it pure. [Refrain]

Source: Revival Hymns: a Collection of New and Standard Hymns for Gospel and social meetings, Sunday schools and Young People's Societies #44

Author: James M. Gray

Born: May 11, 1851, New York City. Died: September 21, 1935, Passavant Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City. Gray accepted Christ at age 22. He was educated at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine (Doctor of Divinity), and the University of Des Moines, Iowa (Doctor of Laws). In 1879 he became Rector of the First Reformed Episcopal Church in Boston, Massachusetts, where he served 14 years. He then became dean (1904-25) and president (1925-34) of the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois, and directed publication of four editions (1921-28) of the Voice of Thanksgiving, official hymnal of the Institute. A conservative theologian, Gray was one of seven editors of the popular Scofield Reference Bible. He was… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The refiner sat by the seven fold fire
Title: The Refiner's Fire
Author: James M. Gray
Refrain First Line: He knew he had ore that could stand the test
Copyright: Public Domain

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Heart Praise #d173

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Revival Hymns #44

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The Joy Bells of Canaan or Burning Bush Songs No. 2 #37

The Voice of Thanksgiving No. 4 #d307

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