Scripture Verse

Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17


Words: James L. Ni­chol­son, in Gems of Praise, ed­it­ed by John Swe­ney (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Book Room, 1876), num­ber 12.

Music: Va­do­da­ra John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


I praise the Lord that one like me,
For mer­cy may to Je­sus flee.


He says that who­so­ev­er will,
May seek and find sal­va­tion still.
My Sav­ior’s pro­mise fail­eth ne­ver;
He counts me in the who­so­ev­er.

I was to sin a wretch­ed slave;
But Je­sus died my soul to save.


I look by faith and see this word,
Stamped with the blood of Christ, my Lord.


I now be­lieve He saves my soul,
His pre­cious blood hath made me whole.