Scripture Verse

The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.@Revelation 22:17

Introduction

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Philip Doddridge
(1702–1751)

Words: Phi­lip Dodd­ridge (1702–1751). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Found­ed on Var­i­ous Texts in the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, by Job Or­ton (Shrop­shire, Eng­land: Jo­shua Ed­dowes & John Cot­ton, 1755), num­ber 355: Christ’s in­vi­ta­tions ech­oed back.

Music: Brigh­ton (Sab­bath) The Sab­bath Hymn and Tune Book, ed­it­ed by Lo­well Ma­son, Ed­wards A. Park & Austin A. Phelps (New York: Ma­son Bro­thers, 1859), page 374 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

How free the fountain flows
Of endless life and joy!
That spring, which no confinement knows,
Whose waters never cloy!

How sweet the accents sound
From the Redeemer’s tongue!
“Assemble, all ye nations round,
In one obedient throng.

“The Spirit bears the call
To all the distant lands;
The Church, the bride, reflects it back,
While Jesus waiting stands.

“Ho, every thirsty soul,
Approach the sacred spring;
Drink, and your fainting spirits cheer,
Renew the draught, and sing.

Let all that will, approach;
The water freely take;
Free from Mine opening heart it flows,
Your raging thirst to slake.

With thankful hearts we come
To taste the offered grace;
And call on all that hear to join
The trial, and the praise.