Scripture Verse

A Samaritan woman came to the well to draw water. Jesus said to her, Give me some water to drink. John 4:7


Words: R. L. Bruce, 1894. Ap­peared in The Voice of Tri­umph, 19th edi­tion, ed­it­ed by John Swe­ney et al. (Cleve­land, Ohio: J. H. Lamb, 1903), num­ber 75, alt.

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


Woman at the Well
Carl H. Bloch (1834–1890)

He sat by the well at the noon­tide,
When all His dis­ci­ples were gone;
And there came out a wo­man for wa­ter,
And she saw but the stran­ger, alone.


Oh, list­en, dear heart, while the Sav­ior
Is talk­ing to you by the way;
For your love He is ten­der­ly plead­ing:
Will you turn Him in sor­row away?

He spoke, and the flush of re­sent­ment
Gave place to a glad­some surprise,
While they talked, by the well curb of Sy­char,
Of the wa­ter that Je­sus sup­plies.


And the heart of the hun­ger­ing woman
Felt a joy that no lang­uage may tell,
For she knew that for her this same Je­sus
Had wait­ed that day at the well.


Again, at the noon­tide He wait­eth,
For one whom He know­eth, to­day
Still thirsts for His life giv­ing wa­ter;
Will you turn Him in sor­row away?