What can wash away my sin
What can wash away my sin. Robert Lowry* (1826-1899).
First published in Gospel Music (New York, 1876), compiled by Lowry and William Howard Doane*, with the first line as ‘What can wash away my stain?’ . It is based on Hebrews 9: 22. It is normally given the title ‘Nothing but the Blood’, referring to the repeated lines 2 and 4 of each stanza.
It had six stanzas. Some books, such as Sankey’s Sacred Songs and Solos, editions of the Baptist Hymnal and UMH, and the British Song Book of the Salvation Army (1953 and 1986 editions) omit stanzas 5 and 6:
Now by this I’ll overcome –
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
Now by this I’ll reach my home –
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
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