Calvary’s Anthem

A Good Friday prayer from The Valley of Vision:

HEAVENLY FATHER,

Thou hast led me singing to the cross
where I fling down all my burdens
and see them vanish,

where my mountains of guilt are levelled to a plain,
where my sins disappear, though they are
the greatest that exist,
and are more in number than the grains
of fine sand;

For there is power in the blood of Calvary
to destroy sins more than can be counted
even by one from the choir of heaven.

Thou hast given me a hill-side spring
that washes clear and white,
and I go as a sinner to its waters,
bathing without hindrance
in its crystal streams.

At the cross there is free forgiveness
for poor and meek ones,
and ample blessings that last for ever;

The blood of the Lamb is like
a great river of infinite grace
with never any diminishing of its fullness
as thirsty ones without number drink of it.

O Lord, for ever will thy free forgiveness live
that was gained on the mount of blood;

In the midst of a world of pain
it is a subject for praise in every place,
a song on earth, an anthem in heaven,
its love and virtue knowing no end.

I have a longing for the world above
where multitudes sing the great song,
for my soul was never created to love
the dust of earth.

Though here my spiritual state is frail and poor,
I shall go on singing Calvary’s anthem.

May I always know that a clean heart
full of goodness is more beautiful than the lily,
that only a clean heart can sing by
night and by day,
that such a heart is mine
when I abide at Calvary. (314-315)