Cleansing Fountain, The

DESCRIPTION: "Behold the lamb whose gracious blood Poured from his opening veins." "I do believe, I will believe, that Jesus died for me." "The dying thief beheld the lamb." "We, too, the cleansing power have known." "For him, then, let our songs ascend."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1879 (Journal of the Andrew Hicks)
KEYWORDS: death religious Jesus nonballad
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Huntington-Gam, p. 354, "The Cleansing Fountain" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [84 words]: There are many Biblical allusions in the version of this song printed by Huntington, although few direct quotes. The most obvious:
"The lamb" of God who takes away sins: John 1:29
"Opening veins": Jesus's side is pierced in John 19:34
"The dying thief": All three synoptic gospels mention others crucified with Jesus, but the repentant thief is found only in Luke 23:43
"Will cleanse our deepest stains": compare Rev. 7:14, " they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." - RBW
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File: HGam354

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