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Calvary’s Anthem



Thou hast led me singing to the cross
      where I fling down all my burdens
        and see them vanish,
  where my mountains of guilt are levelled
    to a plain,
  where my sins disappear, though they are
    the greatest that exist,
  and are more in number than the grains
    of fine sand;

For there is power in the blood of Calvary
  to destroy sins more than can be counted
    even by one from the choir of heaven.
Thou hast given me a hill-side spring
  that washes clear and white,
    and I go as a sinner to its waters,
      bathing without hindrance
        in its crystal streams.
At the cross there is free forgiveness
    for poor and meek ones,
  and ample blessings that last for ever;
The blood of the Lamb is like a great river
    of infinite grace
  with never any diminishing of its fullness
  as thirsty ones without number drink of it.

O Lord, for ever will thy free forgiveness live
  that was gained on the mount of blood;
In the midst of a world of pain
  it is a subject for praise in every place,
    a song on earth, an anthem in heaven,
      its love and virtue knowing no end.
I have a longing for the world above
  where multitudes sing the great song,
  for my soul was never created to love
    the dust of earth.
Though here my spiritual state is frail and poor,
  I shall go on singing Calvary’s anthem.
May I always know
  that a clean heart full of goodness
    is more beautiful than the lily,
  that only a clean heart can sing by night
    and by day,
  that such a heart is mine when I abide
    at Calvary.

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