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Lewis Hartsough died 1/1/1919 at Mount Vernon, IA.  He had been born 8/31/1828 at Ithaca, NY.  He graduated from the Cazenovia Seminary, was ordained a Methodist and joined the Oneida Conference. About 1868 he moved west (for health reasons) and became superintendent of the Utah Mission, then presiding elder of the Wyoming District.  He also served as musical editor for Joseph Hillman’s Revivalist.  In 1871 Hartsough became the Methodist pastor of Epworth, Iowa – it was there He wrote this song at a revival meeting.

Ira Sankey wrote, “The words and music of this beautiful hymn [I hear Thy welcome voice] were first published in a monthly, entitled, Guide to Holiness, a copy of which was sent to me in England.  I immediately adopted it, and had it published in Sacred Songs and Solos.  It proved to be one of the most helpful of the revival hymns, and was often used as an invitation hymn in England and America.”

I hear Thy welcome voice That calls me, Lord, to Thee,

For cleansing in Thy precious blood That flowed on Calvary.

Refrain

I am coming Lord! Coming now to Thee!

Wash me, cleanse me in the blood That flowed on Calvary!

 

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I hear Thy welcome voice
That calls me, Lord, to Thee,
For cleansing in Thy precious blood
That flowed on Calvary.

Refrain

I am coming Lord!
Coming now to Thee!
Wash me, cleanse me in the blood
That flowed on Calvary!

2. Though coming weak and vile,
Thou dost my strength assure;
Thou dost my vileness fully cleanse,
Till spotless all, and pure.

3. ’Tis Jesus calls me on
To perfect faith and love,
To perfect hope and peace and trust,
For earth and Heav’n above.

4. ’Tis Jesus Who confirms
The blessèd work within,
By adding grace to welcomed grace,
Where reigned the power of sin.

5. And He the witness gives
To loyal hearts and free
That every promise is fulfilled,
If faith but brings the plea.

6. All hail! atoning blood!
All hail! redeeming grace!
All hail! the gift of Christ our Lord,
Our Strength and Righteousness.

Lewis Hartsough was born this date, 8/31/1828 at Ithaca, NY.  He was a Methodist who graduated from Cazenovia Seminary (1852) and pastored churches in the Oneida Conference.  He requested transfer to the West, was appointed to the Utah Mission and later was pre­sid­ing el­der of the Wy­om­ing Dis­trict.  “I Am Coming, Lord” Sankey wrote “The words and mu­sic of this beau­ti­ful hymn were first pub­lished in a month­ly, en­ti­tled, Guide to Ho­li­ness, a co­py of which was sent to me in Eng­land.”  Hartsough died 1/1/1919 at Mount Ver­non, IA.

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