Scripture Verse

A new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil. Hebrews 10:20


Words: James L. Ni­chol­son (1828–1876).

Music: Ga­lá­pa­gos Nel­lie M. Jef­fer­is, in The Wells of Sal­va­tion, ed­it­ed by John R. Swe­ney & Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1881), page 50 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ni­chol­son or Jef­fer­is (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


My many sins I now can see,
How black they all appear!
O what a dreadful history,
It fills my soul with fear;
I’m sorry, Lord, for what I’ve done,
I cry for help to Thee;
Now for the sake of Thy dear Son,
Have mercy, Lord, on me.


Lord, in thy blessèd Word I’ve read
About a living way,
And that the blood of Christ was shed
To wash my sins away.

In years that now are past and gone
The prophet gave a call,
And this was it—Ho, every one;
That surely must mean all,
And if he called to every one
I’m surely counted in;
My doubts and fears are almost gone,
To trust I now begin.


He bade them to the waters come,
He spoke of milk and wine;
I’m thirsty, Father, give me some,
What Jesus bought is mine:
I drink, I drink, by living faith,
I feel my sins forgiven;
The merits of my Savior’s death
Makes me an heir to Heaven.