Scripture Verse

With Thee is the fountain of life: in Thy light shall we see light. Psalm 36:9


Words: Will­iam A. Burch, in The Gol­den Sheaf (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ad­vent Chris­tian Pub­li­ca­tion So­ci­e­ty, 1902), num­ber 181.

Music: Frank­lin D. Barnes (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Jesus is the only fountain
Of the life that cannot end;
You must perish! cease forever!
If you make not Him your friend.


Of eternal life Christ is the giver,
Sound out these tidings
To earth’s farthest shore;
Length of days for ever and ever,
Equal to the angels,
to die no more.

As a father children pities,
So does God in whom we trust;
For He knows our frame’s frail tenure,
And remembers we are dust.


Swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,
Pass thy days in rapid flight;
Hast thou faced the solemn question,
Have I hope beyond death’s night?


Soon thy days will all be numbered,
Haste to seek the life beyond!
Endless as th’eternal ages,
To God’s message now respond!


See the vapor, quickly passing,
Or the dew, at early morn!
These the symbols of life’s measure,
Thou was only mortal born.