The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Here is a Fountain of Christ's Blood

The Fountain of Christ's Blood

Words: Anonymous
Sung by Mr. Thomas Colcombe,
At Weobley, Herefordshire, 1904.

Compare: There Is A Fountain of Christ's Blood
Fountain of Christ's Blood

Tune noted by Annie Webb.

Source: 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.


There is a fountain of Christ's blood,
Wide open stretch'd for to drown 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."

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 of Christ's Blood." Compare the tune with that of "Christmas Now Is Drawing," "Have You Not Heard," "The Iron Peel" and "Death and the Lady" in this Journal. — L. E. B. [Lucy E. Broadwood]

Editor's Note:

William Cowper's hymn begins "There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins."

Note that several of these are on the pages following this hymn in Volume 2, pp. 134-138.

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.

Cowper's Hymn: There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood.

Also note that this song is contained in a section titled “Carols” which begins on p. 115, and contains a number of carols, with multiple versions, including:

Number Title
25 Come All Ye Faithful Christians (Four versions with four variants of music); Come All Ye Worthy Christian Men; Come All You Worthy Christians; Come All You Worthy Christian Friends.
26 Come All Ye Faithful Christians
27 Dives and Lazarus
28 On Christmas Night The Joy-Bell Ring
29 On Christmas Night All Christians Sing (Two versions)
30 Christmas Mummers' Carol (Five versions). Oh, Righteous Joseph Wedded Was; It Was Righteous Joseph Wedded Was; Righteous Joseph Wedded Was; Joseph And His Wedded Wife; Oh! Mortal Man doth Remember Well. A significantly different version was also given which began: “God bless the master of this house, and send him long to reign.”
31 The Moon Shines Bright
32 May Day Carol (Two versions)
33 There Is A Fountain of Christ's Blood
34 Christmas Now Is Drawing Near At Hand
35 Have You Not Heard Of Our Dear Saviour's Love
36 Oh, Have You Heard and Seen Our Saviour's Love
37 The Iron Peel
38 Death and the Lady

Most of these are Christmas carols, and all contain notes, some of which are extensive.

Journal of the Folk-Song Society, Volumes 2 and 3, are available at the Internet Archive. Search: “Journal Folk Song Society.”

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