Words & Music by: Elisha A. Hoffman (1839-1929)

"…And washed us from our sins in His own blood…" (Rev. 1.5)

     This hymn asks if we have been washed from our sins in the blood of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God is "Are You Washed In The Blood?". The text was written and the tune (Washed in the Blood) was composed both by Elisha Albright Hoffman. A minister in the Evangelical Church, he is perhaps best-known for his "I Must Tell Jesus," but he also provided words or music or both to a number of other beloved hymns, such as "Glory To His Name," "Is Thy Heart Right With God?", "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms," and "To Christ Be True." "Are You Washed In The Blood" was first published in the 1878 Spiritual Songs for Gospel Meeting and the Sunday School edited at Cleveland, OH, for Barker and Smellie by Hoffman and John Harrison Tenney (1840-1918). Its popularity is likely due in part to its inclusion in Ira D. Sankey’s 1881 Sacred Songs and Solos. The American poet, Vachel Lindsey, used part of the text in his poem "General William Booth Enters Heaven."

It has really taken off in country music circles in recent years having been recorded by the Statler Brothers, Roy Clark and Willie Nelson.

http://homeschoolblogger.com/hymnstudies/719687/

http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/a/r/aruwashd.htm

Hymns of Glorious Praise, Springfield, Missouri:  Gospel Publishing House, 1969.

Elisha A. Hoffman (1839-1929)

LYRICS:  Are You Washed in the Blood?  

1. Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Refrain

Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

2. Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

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3. When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?

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4. Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
O be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

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