Scripture Verse

To anyone who is thirsty I Myself will give water free of charge from the Fountain of Life. Revelation 21:6

Introduction

Words: J. R. Ha­mil­ton, in Pure De­light, ed­it­ed by George Root & Charles C. Case (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: John Church, 1883), num­ber 99.

Music: George F. Root (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Ha­mil­ton’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

portrait
George F. Root
1820–1895

Lyrics

Oh, drink at the fountain of truth divine,
And into our hearts let the sunlight shine,
That we in the light of the Word may behold
The beau­ti­ful city with streets of gold,
The beau­ti­ful city, the beau­ti­ful city,
The beau­ti­ful city with streets of gold.

The beau­ti­ful city of truth and love,
Descending to earth from the Heav’n above,
Arrayed in the clear shining garments of light,
Dispelling the gloom of the dismal night.
The beau­ti­ful city, the beau­ti­ful city,
The beau­ti­ful city where is no night.

Let love for the service of Christ be pure,
Built on the foundations that aye endure,
For every true heart for His glo­ry that beats,
Shall live in the city with golden streets.
The beau­ti­ful city, the beau­ti­ful city,
The beau­ti­ful city with golden streets