Scripture Verse

A Samaritan woman came to the well to draw water. Jesus said to her, Give me some water to drink. John 4:7


Woman at the Well
Carl H. Bloch

Words: R. L. Bruce, 1894. Ap­peared in The Voice of Tri­umph, 19th ed­i­tion, ed­it­ed by John Swe­ney et al. (Cleve­land, Ohio: J. H. Lamb, 1903), num­ber 75, alt.

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Bruce’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

John R. Sweney


He sat by the well at the noontide,
When all His disciples were gone;
And there came out a woman for water,
And she saw but the stranger, alone.


Oh, listen, dear heart, while the Savior
Is talking to you by the way;
For your love He is tenderly pleading:
Will you turn Him in sorrow away?

He spoke, and the flush of resentment
Gave place to a gladsome surprise,
While they talked, by the well curb of Sychar,
Of the water that Jesus supplies.


And the heart of the hungering woman
Felt a joy that no language may tell,
For she knew that for her this same Jesus
Had waited that day at the well.


Again, at the noontide He waiteth,
For one whom He knoweth, today
Still thirsts for His life giving water;
Will you turn Him in sorrow away?