Thou Savior of the sinsick soul

Thou Savior of the sinsick soul

Author: F. E. Belden
Tune: HOLY CROSS (53215)
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 Thou Saviour of the sinsick soul,
Thou Refuge in distress,
When doubt's dark billows near me roll,
Close to thy side I press.

2 The burdened heart must seek in vain
For merit of its own;
There's freedom from each crimson stain
In thee, and thee alone.

3 Let him who feels his load of guilt
Strive not its weight to bear;
The hopes that man on self has built
Are doomed to dark despair.

4 But thou, O Christ, whose blood was shed
For all who plead its power,
Wilt lift the load that bows the head
In deep contrition's hour!

5 Thy tender heart has felt the weight
Of sins that were not thine,
And lo! within that burden great
I view these sins of mine.

6 'Tis faith that points them out to me
When, fainting 'neath the load,
I turn my longing eyes to thee,
Far up the narrow road.

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #377

Author: F. 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: Thou Savior of the sinsick soul
Author: F. E. Belden
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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