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
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.
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.