Words: Rev. F. Den­i­son, in Wel­come Tid­ings: A New Col­lect­ion of Sac­red Songs for the Sun­day School, by , W. How­ard Doane and (New York: Big­low & Main, 1877), num­ber 10.

Music: .

If you know F. Den­i­son’s full name, or where to get a pho­to of him

Bethesda is open, the angel has come,
The Spirit is calling for thee;
The waters are troubled, behold, there is room;
Salvation through Jesus is free.


Salvation is free, salvation is free,
Salvation through Jesus is free;
The waters are troubled, behold, there is room,
Bethesda is open for thee.

Come press to the waters while mercy is here,
Accept of a cleansing complete;
O, hear the entreaty, dismissing your fear;
Lo, judgment and mercy now meet.


The house of Bethesda for sinners was built,
The pool is a fountain of love;
The waters are troubled for canceling guilt,
And still for our healing they move.