Scripture Verse

With Thee is the fountain of life: in Thy light shall we see light. Psalm 36:9


Words: Will­iam A. Burch, in The Gold­en Sheaf (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ad­vent Chris­tian Pub­li­ca­tion So­cie­ty, 1902), num­ber 181.

Music: Frank­lin D. Barnes (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Jesus is the only fountain
Of the life that cannot end;
You must perish! cease for­ev­er!
If you make not Him your friend.


Of eter­nal life Christ is the giver,
Sound out these tidings
To earth’s farthest shore;
Length of days for ever and ever,
Equal to the angels,
to die no more.

As a father children pities,
So does God in whom we trust;
For He knows our frame’s frail tenure,
And remembers we are dust.


Swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,
Pass thy days in rapid flight;
Hast thou faced the solemn question,
Have I hope beyond death’s night?


Soon thy days will all be numbered,
Haste to seek the life beyond!
Endless as th’eter­nal ages,
To God’s message now respond!


See the vapor, quickly passing,
Or the dew, at early morn!
These the symbols of life’s measure,
Thou was only mortal born.