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Whiter Than Snow

This week’s video features the hymn, “Whiter Than Snow.” The lyrics were written by James Nicholson in 1872. Nicholson was born in Ireland in 1828 and emigrated to the United States when he was 25 years old. He worked as a postal clerk and attended the Wharton Street Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, the same church where hymn writer William K. Kirkpatrick attended. The music was composed by W. G. Fischer, also from Philadelphia. Fischer wrote the music for over 200 hymns including the well-known “I Love To Tell the Story.”

Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole;
I want Thee forever to live in my soul,
Break down every idol, cast out every foe;
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, look down from Thy throne in the skies,
And help me to make a complete sacrifice;
I give up myself, and whatever I know,
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, for this I most humbly entreat,
I wait, blessed Lord, at Thy crucified feet;
By faith, for my cleansing I see Thy blood flow,
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, Thou seeest I patiently wait,
Come now, and within me a new heart create;
To those who have sought Thee, Thou never saidst “No,”
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Refrain:
Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow,
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

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7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Psalms 51:7

18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the LORD,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.

Isaiah 1:18


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