White leaves

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1 White pages before us, thank God this is so;
Past errors forgiven, wash'd whiter than snow;
O'er sin-blotted record why sorrowing more?
Confess to the Father, white leaves are before.

Chorus:
Beautiful leaves from heav'n,
Moment in mercy giv'n,
New days of trial for him who grieves;
One more probation hour,
Promise of holy pow'r.
What shall be written on life's new leaves?
What shall be written on our white leaves?

2 Forgiven, forgotten, Christ covers from view,
And strength for the future, gives daily anew;
All offers He freely for thy sinful heart:
This, this must be yielded, all, all, not a part. [Chorus]

3 Despondent one wounded by treacherous foe,
In moment unguarded by sin smitten low;
Defeated; yet never surrender Christ's name,
Take courage and speak it, deliverance claim. [Chorus]

4 Then faithful in service, from hour unto hour,
By full consecration draw fulness of pow'r;
His oil of love burning gives out the true light,
The life to Him yielded hath pages of white. [Chorus]


Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #2

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: White pages before us, thank God this is so
Title: White leaves
Author: Franklin E. Belden
Refrain First Line: Beautiful leaves from heaven

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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.) #2

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