1 The voice of free grace cries, "Escape to the mountain!"
For Adam's lost race Christ hath opened a fountain:
For sin and uncleanness, and every transgression,
His blood flows most freely in streams of salvation,
His blood flows most freely in streams of salvation.
Hallelujah to the Lamb! He hath bought us our pardon,
We'll praise Him again when we pass over Jordan,
We'll praise Him again when we pass over Jordan.
2 Ye souls that are wounded! oh, flee to the Saviour!
He calls you in mercy--'tis infinite favor;
Your sins are increasing--escape to the mountain--
His blood can remove them, it flows from the fountain,
His blood can remove them, it flows from the fountain. [Chorus]
3 O Jesus! ride onward, triumphantly glorious,
O'er sin, death, and hell, Thou art more than victorious;
Thy name is the theme of the great congregation,
While angels and saints raise the shout of salvation,
While angels and saints raise the shout of salvation. [Chorus]
4 With joy shall we stand, when escaped to that shore;
With harps in our hands, we'll praise Him the more;
We'll range the sweet plains on the bank of the river,
And sing of salvation for ever and ever,
And sing of salvation for ever and ever. [Chorus]
Burdsall, Richard, for many years a Wesleyan minister, was born in 1735, and died in 1824. To his Memoirs, published at York, n.d., is appended a hymn beginning, "Now Christ He is risen, the Serpent's head is bruised." The hymn “The voice of free grace cries—'Escape to the mountain,'" begins with stanza ii. of this hymn, but with alterations. In some American hymnals, including Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872, Burdsall's two stanzas are expanded into five, but by whom we cannot say.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
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