Ashamed to be a Christian

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1 Ashamed to be a Christian?
Afraid the world would know
I’m on my way to Zion,
Where joys eternal flow.
Forbid it, O my Savior,
That I should ever be
Afraid to wear Thy color,
Or blush to follow Thee.

2 Ashamed to be a Christian,
To love my God and king?
The fire of zeal is burning,
My soul is on the wing.
I want a faith made perfect,
That all the world may see
I stand a living witness
Of mercy, rich and free.

3 Ashamed to be a Christian!
My guilty fear depart;
I will not heed the tempter
That whispers to my heart.
Dear Savior, though unworthy,
Yet this my only plea,
Thy all atoning merit,
For Thou hast died for me.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9279

Author: Philip Phillips

Phillips, Philip, commonly known as the "Singing Pilgrim," was born in Chautauqua County, N. York, Aug. 13, 1834. Although engaged in farming for a time, from an early age he devoted himself to music, and ultimately devoted himself to the work of a "Singing Evangelist," in which capacity he has visited most English-speaking countries. His popular hymnals are: (1) Early Blossoms, 1860; (2) Musical Leaves, 1862; and (3) The Singing Pilgrim, 1866. In these works he published one or two hymns, including "I have heard of a Saviour's love" (The love of Christ), as in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs and Solos, 1878. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: Ashamed to be a Christian
Author: Philip Phillips



George J. Webb (b. Rushmore Lodge, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, 1803; d. Orange, NJ, 1887) composed WEBB (also known as MORNING LIGHT) on a voyage from England to the United States. The tune was published in The Odeon, a collection of secular music compiled by Webb and Lowell Mason (PHH 96) i…

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The Cyber Hymnal #9279
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