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 & 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.