The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood

Original Title: Praise for the Fountain Opened

Words: William Cowper, ca. 1772, written after a serious bout with depression.

Inspiration: Zech. Xiii. 1.

Musical Setting: Numerous
Meter: 86 86

Source: John Newton and William Cowper, Olney Hymns
(London: The Religious Tract Society, 1779), pp. 95-96.

1. There is a fountain fill'd with blood,
    Drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood,
    Lose all their guilty stains.

2. The dying thief rejoiced to see
    That fountain in his day;
And there have I, though vile as he,
    Wash'd all my sins away.

3. Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood
    Shall never lose its power
Till all the ransomed church of God
    Be saved, to sin no more.

4. E’er since, by faith, I saw the stream
    Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
    And shall be till I die.

5. Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
    I'll sing Thy power to save;
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue
    Lies silent in the grave.

6. Lord, I believe Thou hast prepared,
    (Unworthy though I be)
For me a blood bought free reward,
    A golden harp for me!

7. 'Tis strung and tun'd for endless years,
    And form'd by power divine,
To sound in God the Father's ears,
    No other name but Thine.

Note:

This hymn has a title similar to a carol sung during the Christmas-tide.

Verse 5 has also been formatted as:

When this poor lisping, stammering tongue
    Lies silent in the grave.
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
    I'll sing Thy power to save;

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