Words: , in Leif­child’s Orig­in­al Hymns, 1842, ti­tled “Fa­ther, Our Child We Place.” The ver­sion be­low, start­ing at stan­za four of the orig­in­al, ap­peared in the Amer­i­can Meth­od­ist Epis­co­pal Hymn­al, 1878.

Music: Den­nis, (1773-1836); ar­ranged by in The Psalt­ery, 1845.

Rites cannot change the heart,
Undo the evil done,
Or with the uttered name impart
The nature of Thy Son.

To meet our desperate want,
There gushed a crimson flood;
O from His heart’s o’erflowing font
Baptize this soul with blood!

Be grace from Christ our Lord,
And love from God supreme,
By the communing Spirit poured
In a perpetual stream!