O bliss of the purified, bliss of the free
O bliss of the purified, bliss of the free. Francis Bottome* (1823-1894).
First published in Charles Cullis’s (1833-1892) Faith Hymns (Willard Tract Repository, Boston, 1870). According to Taylor (1989, p. 124), it was written in 1869, and published in other books in the 1870s, such as Philip Phillips*’s Singing Annual for Sabbath Schools 3 (1872) and Winnowed Hymns (New York, 1873), edited by C.C. McCabe (1836-1906) and D.T. Macfarlan (1828-1897). Most books print a text of four stanzas, beginning:
O bliss of the purified, bliss of the free! I plunge in the crimson tide, opened for me; O’er sin and uncleanness exulting I stand, And point to the print of the nails in His hand.
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