Scripture Verse

There shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. Zechariah 13:1


Words: Frank Hen­dricks, in Songs of Joy and Glad­ness, by John Swe­ney, Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick et al. (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Mc­Don­ald, Gill & Com­pa­ny, 1885), num­ber 86.

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


I came to the foun­tain that cleans­eth from sin,
The life-giv­ing foun­tain where mill­ions have been;
I came in my weak­ness, o’er­bur­dened with care,
To find my Re­deem­er and Sav­ior was there.


Waiting for me, wait­ing for me,
Jesus, my Sav­ior, is wait­ing for me;
Still at the fount, oft would I be,
Where Je­sus, my Sav­ior,
Is wait­ing for me.

He saw me ap­proach­ing, and ten­der­ly said—
To pur­chase thy ran­som, My blood I have shed;
And if thou art will­ing just now to be­lieve,
The light of My Spir­it thy soul shall re­ceive.


I flew to His mer­cy, O joy­ful sur­prise!
For lo, my Re­deem­er had op­ened mine eyes;
I flew to the re­fuge no oth­er could give,
And faith­ful­ly pro­mised for Je­sus to live.


And now in His pre­sence I walk with de­light,
And feel His pro­tect­ion by day and by night;
I think of the foun­tain so pre­cious and free,
Where Je­sus, my Sav­ior, was wait­ing for me.