There's a balm

From California's vineyards

Author: Martin W. Knapp
Tune: [We hail thee glorious summer]
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 From California’s vineyards
To Carolina’s strand,
We hear the wail of anguish
That rises in our land,
From Maine to Mississippi,
We see the blight of sin,
And hear the groans of sorrow
Above our city’s din.

We’ll heed the Savior’s summons,
On wings of love we fly,
To bear the Gospel message
Ere at our door they die.

2 From Asia’s dark dominions,
And Afric’s burning sand,
Like mighty streams of water
They pour into our land.
From Europe’s crowded cities,
They flow from year to year,
And bring their crimes and vices
And superstitions here. [Refrain]

3 From many a haunt of evil,
From many a home of shame,
We must their souls deliver
From sin in Jesus’ name.
In many a street and alley,
They wander to and fro,
And swiftly down are sinking,
To realms of endless woe. [Refrain]

4 Glad tidings of salvation
We thus shall speed along,
Till every place of sorrow
Becomes a place of song;
Till slaves of vice and folly
At Jesus’ feet shall fall,
And claim His great salvation,
And crown Him Lord of all. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10040

Author: Martin W. Knapp

Born: March 27, 1853, Albion, Michigan. Died: December 7, 1901, Cincinnati, Ohio, of typhoid fever. Buried: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio. At age 17, Knapp began studies at a Methodist college in Albion, Michigan. He worked on the family farm in the summer, studying Greek and Latin at night, and attending classes in Albion in the winter. In 1877, the Methodist Michigan Conference assigned him a circuit. He went on to a career in ministry, founding the magazine God’s Revivalist in 1888; the International Holiness Union and Prayer League in 1897; and God’s Bible School (later known as God’s Bible School and College) in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1900. His works include: Christ Crowned Within, 1886 The Double Cure… Go to person page >

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First Line: From California's vineyards
Title: There's a balm
Author: Martin W. Knapp
Refrain First Line: O there's a balm in Gilead



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