Scripture Verse

A fountain opened…for sin and for uncleanness. Zechariah 13:1


Words: Em­ma F. Fisk, 1889. Ap­peared in Songs of Joy and Gladn­ess No. 2, edited by Will­iam Mc­Don­ald, Josh­ua Gill, John Swen­ey & Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts and Chi­ca­go, Ill­in­ois: Mc­Don­ald & Gill, 1890), num­ber 4.

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Fisk (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


Step into the foun­tain,
O sin-bur­dened heart,
Nor think to grow bet­ter,
But plunge as thou art;
Around thou hast wait­ed
While oth­ers have come;
Now hast­en and ven­ture,
For yet there is room.


Step in­to the foun­tain,
The pre­cious cleans­ing foun­tain;
Step in­to the foun­tain,
’Tis flow­ing for thee.

Step in­to the fountain,
Thou long­est to feel
Its ut­ter­most pow­er
To cleanse and to heal;
Oh! tar­ry no long­er
While mer­cy is free;
Step in­to the foun­tain,
’Tis flow­ing for thee.


Step in­to the foun­tain,
What! lin­ger­ing still?
Canst thou not sur­ren­der
To Je­sus thy will?
He ten­der­ly calls thee,
Why shouldst thou de­lay?
Step in­to the life-giv­ing
Fountain to­day.


Step into the foun­tain,
Thou need­est not fear;
Step bold­ly, and count not
Thy life to thee dear;
’Tis on­ly to die
Unto self and to sin,
To bu­ry the bur­dens,
Then dare to step in.


Step in­to the foun­tain,
The hours fly apace;
Then waste thou no long­er
These mo­ments of grace;
Just now let its cleans­ing
Wave ov­er thee roll,
And thou shalt find glad­ness
And rest for thy soul.