Scripture Verse

There is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. John 5:2–4


Words: Ma­ry A. Mc­Kee, in Fair­er Than Day (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: George C. Hugg, 1903), num­ber 56.

Music: Ad­am Gei­bel (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Mc­Kee (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Adam Geibel (1855–1933)


I come, O Lord, when trou­bled waves are stir­ring
The heal­ing fount that cures the touch of sin;
I come in hope, no faint­ness then de­ter­ring,
But there are none, O Lord, to help me in.


Help me in, help me in!
I am tired now of sin;
Help me in, help me in!
I may life eter­nal win!

I come, O Lord, when mer­cy is ex­tend­ed,
And an­gel wings are brood­ing soft­ly o’er;
The ways of sin, that I had once de­fend­ed,
I leave them all, and I can do no more.


I come, O Lord, though oth­ers may be hast­ing
With strong­er steps to seek the way of life;
I come in faith, no pre­cious mo­ment wast­ing,
While earth and Hea­ven with love and peace are rife.