I have read within the Bible How a sinner vile and low, Need but come in faith to Jesus To be washed as white as snow; How the heart, so stained and wicked, Hardened by the guilt of sin, May be purified and softened, Till the Lord will dwell within.
Refrain: I have read within the Bible What His favor will impart; And, oh, glory! I have proved it, Now ’tis true within my heart.
I have read how sin was conquered When He bled upon the tree, How its binding chains were broken That the captives might be free; How I need not still do evil, And repent from day to day, But should find His grace sufficient, Keeping sinless all the day.
I have read how a believer, One who knows his wrongs forgiv’n, May be cleansed from sin completely, Made as pure and clean as heav’n; Have the very root of evil From his being swept away, Leaving in his joyous bosom An unending sabbath day.
I have read and have believed it, How the Holy Ghost would come, In His power and His glory, Make the heart of man His home; Keep it as a sacred temple, Seal its door to every foe, And preserve it pure and holy All life’s journey here below.