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Go Wash in the Beautiful Stream

There was Naaman the leper, that honorable man

Author: Charles Albert Tindley (1901)
Tune: [There was Naaman the leper, that honorable man]
Published in 6 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1. There was Naaman the leper, that honorable man,
     A captain of the Syrian host,
   He was badly afflicted and sick in the land,
     And a burden to all of his host:
   Oh, my! What a sight, his disease made him white.
     No doctor could help him I've seen.
   He never did pray, and he knew not the way,
     To get into the beautiful stream.
      Go wash in the beautiful stream.
      Go wash in the beautiful stream.
      O Naaman, O Naaman, go down and wash,
      Go wash in the beautiful stream.
2. He heard of a man in the Hebrew land,
     A little maid told him about,
   I'll go if I can he said to his friend,
     For he may relieve me no doubt:
   So he went and called on the servant of God,
     And Elisha refused to be seen.
   But he lifted his burden and sent him to Jordan.
     To wash in the beautiful stream.    Chorus
3. So Naaman went on and the servant had gone,
     Whom Elisha had sent to the door,
   He did not believe that he had received,
     From the Prophet a perfect cure,
   He thought the rivers down in his own land.
     Were better because they were clean,
   It was just about night when he got in the light.
     And plunged into the beautiful stream.    Chorus
4. O, sinner, O , sinner, are you not the same
     As Naaman that noted Syrian?
   Your sickness injures both body and soul,
     And makes you feel loathsome and mean,
   If you feel you are lost, just shoulder the cross,
     And Jesus will then make you clean.
   If you feel you are sick, just come along quick,
     And get into the beautiful stream.    Chorus

Source: Beams of Heaven: hymns of Charles Albert Tindley #44

Author: Charles Albert Tindley

Charles Albert Tindley was born in Berlin, Maryland, July 7, 1851; son of Charles and Hester Tindley. His father was a slave, and his mother was free. Hester died when he was very young; he was taken in my his mother’s sister Caroline Miller Robbins in order to keep his freedom. It seems that he was expected to work to help the family. In his Book of Sermons (1932), he speaks of being “hired out” as a young boy, “wherever father could place me.” He married Daisy Henry when he was seventeen. Together they had eight children, some of whom would later assist him with the publication of his hymns. Tindley was largely self-taught throughout his lifetime. He learned to read mostly on his own. After he and Daisy moved to Philadelphia… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: There was Naaman the leper, that honorable man
Title: Go Wash in the Beautiful Stream
Author: Charles Albert Tindley (1901)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Go wash in the beautiful stream
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #8420
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

Beams of Heaven #44

Scripture Song Database #3563


The Cyber Hymnal #8420

Include 3 pre-1979 instances
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