The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

There Is A Fountain of Christ's Blood

For Easter

Words and Music: English Traditional

Compare: Here is a Fountain of Christ's Blood
Fountain of Christ's Blood

Tune noted by Annie Webb.
Sung by Mr. Thomas Colcombe,
At Weobley, Herefordshire, 1904.

Source: #33. — "The Fountain of Christ's Blood," in the Journal of the Folk Song Society. No. 7. Being the Second Part of Vol. II. (London: Printed for the Society by Barnicott and Pearce, 1905), #33, pp. 133-134.

There is a fountain of Christ's blood,
Wide open stretch'd for to down our sins;
Where Jesus stands with open arms
of mercy to invite us in.

Here you may see His bleeding wounds,
And hear Him breathe His dying groans.
He shed His rich, redeeming blood.
Only to do poor sinners good.

His crown of thorns spit on with scorns,
He sold His pain. His fleshly store.
With ragged nails, through hands and feet.
They nailed our rich Redeemer sweet.

With bloody spear they pierced His heart.
And bruised His bleeding body sore.
From every wound the blood ran down.
The spring of life could bleed no more.

When all His precious blood was spent.
The thunder roared, the rocks did rent ;
The earth did quake, the clouds did rumble,
Which made hell shake and devils tremble.

The sun and moon a-mourning went,
The seas did roar and the temples rent ;
And the richness of Christ's precious blood
Did open graves and raise the dead.

With glass* and looks the spirits stood.
The Jews did tremble then with fear ;
The Jews did tremble then with fear,
And said it was the Son of God.

Now we have crucified our King,
The true blood, royal spring of life ;
Whose precious blood, we can farther tell.
Has power to quench the flames of hell.

Now let us stand beneath the cross ;
So may the blood from out His side
Fall gently on us, drop by drop ;
Jesus, our Lord, is crucified.


* (?) "Glassy;" See Hymns A . and M., " O, come and mourn with me awhile."

Sheet Music: Journal of the Folk=Song Society. No. 7 Being the Second Part of Vol. II. (London: The Folk=Song Society, 1905), No. 33, p. 133.

Note in Text:

"Here is a fountain of Christ's Blood" is mentioned by Hone in his Ancient Mysteries (1823) as a carol still annually printed on ballad-sheets. It has nothing in common with Cowper's hymn which begins "There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood." Compare the tune with that of "Christmas Now Is Drawing Near At Hand," "Have you not heard," "The Iron Peel" and "Death and the Lady" in this Journal. — L. E. B.

Editor's Note:

William Cowper's hymn begins "There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins." See: There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood-Cowper.

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