Scripture Verse

He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, from within him shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:38

Introduction

Words: Fran­cis P. Ap­ple­ton, in A Book of Hymns for Pub­lic and Pri­vate De­vo­tion, by Sam­u­el Long­fel­low, 10th ed­i­tion (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Tick­nor & Fields, 1848).

Music: Pley­el’s Hymn Ig­naz J. Pley­el, 1791 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ap­ple­ton (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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Ignaz J. Pleyel
(1757–1831)

Lyrics

Thirsting for a living spring,
Seeking for a higher home,
Resting where our souls must cling,
Trusting, hoping, Lord, we come.

Glorious hopes our spirit fill,
When we feel that Thou art near:
Father! then our fears are still,
Then the soul’s bright end is clear.

Life’s hard conflict we would win,
Read the meaning of life’s frown;
Change the thorn-bound wreath of sin
For the spirit’s starry crown.

Make us beautiful within
By Thy Spirit’s holy light:
Guard us when our faith burns dim,
Father of all love and might!