Scripture Verse

He satisfies the thirsty, and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:9


Ralph E. Hudson (1843–1901)

Words: Cla­ra T. Will­iams, 1875.

Music: Sa­tis­fied Ralph E. Hud­son, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Clara T. Williams (1858–1937)

Origin of the Hymn

About 1875, I was help­ing in meet­ings in Troy, Ohio, where Pro­fess­or R. E. Hud­son con­duct­ed the sing­ing, when, just be­fore re­tir­ing one night, he asked me to write a song for a book he was pre­par­ing to pub­lish. Be­fore sleep­ing, I wrote Sa­tis­fied. In the morn­ing, he com­posed the mu­sic.

Clara Williams


All my life I had a long­ing
For a drink from some clear spring,
That I hoped would quench the burn­ing
Of the thirst I felt with­in.


Hallelujah! I have found Him
Whom my soul so long has craved!
Jesus sa­tis­fies my long­ings,
Through His blood I now am saved.

Feeding on the husks around me,
Till my strength was al­most gone,
Longed my soul for some­thing bet­ter,
Only still to hun­ger on.


Poor I was, and sought for rich­es,
Something that would sa­tis­fy,
But the dust I ga­thered round me
Only mocked my soul’s sad cry.


Well of water, ev­er spring­ing,
Bread of life so rich and free,
Untold wealth that ne­ver fail­eth,
My Re­deem­er is to me.