Cleansing Fires
By: Adelaide Procter, Virginia Gabriel

Written by: Adelaide Procter, Virginia Gabriel

 
Lyrics:
Cleansing Fires [Version (a)]:

Let thy gold be cast in the furnace
Thy red gold precious and bright
Do not fear the hungry fire
With its caverns of burning light
And the gold shall return more precious
Free from every spot and stain
For gold must be tried by fire
For gold must be tried by fire
For gold must be tried by fire
As a heart must be tried by pain

In the cruel fire of sorrow
Cast thy heart, do not faint or wail
Let they hand be firm and steady
Do not let thy spirit quail
But wait 'til the trial is over
And take thy heart again
For as gold is tried by fire
For as gold is tried by fire
For as gold is tried by fire
So a heart must be tried by pain

I shall know by the gleam and glitter
Of the golden chain you wear
By your heart's calm strength in loving
Of the fire they have had to bear
Beat on, true heart, forever!
Shine bright, strong golden chain!
And bless the cleansing fire
And bless the cleansing fire
And bless the cleansing fire
And the furnace of living pain
 
The Song:

This can be found in the collection of manly hymns, Hymns For Him.

Most of the titles listed on the back of Saint Dude are references to older sheet music/songs. This song is from 1883, and was written by Adelaide Procter and Virginia Gabriel. I like it! Someone cover it! A lot of sheet music was fairly gimmicky and even ridiculous (Beck tapped into that a bit), but there was also a market for serious songs and this is a kind of intense one.