Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.@John 4:14
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Jesus and the Woman of Samaria
Gustave Doré (1832-1883)

Emma M. Johnston, in Songs of Love and Praise No. 3, edited by John R. Sweney, William Kirkpatrick & Henry L. Gilmour (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania & Chicago, Illinois: John J. Hood, 1896), number 34.

William J. Kirkpatrick (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)

By Samaria’s wayside well
Once a blessèd message fell
On a woman’s thirsty soul,
Long ago;
And to eyes that long were sealed
Was the glorious light revealed,
Thro’ a fountain that was opened
Long ago.

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There’s a fountain that was opened
Long ago,
For the healing of the nations
Is its flow;
Along the line of ages
The prophets and the sages
Caught the singing of its waters,
Long ago.

And a little captive maid,
By a leper undismayed,
Told to him a simple story,
Long ago;
That the stream where he might lave
Had alone the power to save,
Thro’ his trust in that old fountain,
Long ago.

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And a woman in a crowd,
Without word or cry aloud,
Just stooped down and touched His garment,
Long ago;
As her urgent soul appealed,
So her sinful soul was healed,
In that fountain that was opened,
Long ago.

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As the eunuch tried to read
Philip taught him of his need,
And baptized him in the stream,
Long ago;
As the outward seal and sign
Of an inward work divine,
That was wrought through that old fountain,
Long ago.

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O thou fountain, deep and wide,
Flowing from the wounded side,
That was pierced for our redemption,
Long ago;
In thy ever cleansing wave
There is found all power to save
’Tis the power that healed the nations,
Long ago.

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