There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood
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"Praise for the Fountain Opened," commonly known by its first line, "There is a Fountain Filled with Blood," is a hymn written by William Cowper. It was one of the first hymns he wrote after his first major bout of depression.
There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Emmanuel's veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains.
The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day;
And there have I,[a] though vile as he,
Washed all my sins away.
Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood
Shall never lose its power
Till all the ransomed church of God
Be saved, to sin no more.
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.
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue
Lies silent in the grave.
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I'll sing Thy power to save,
Lord, I believe Thou hast prepared,
Unworthy though I be,
For me a blood bought free reward,
A golden harp for me!
'Tis strung and tuned for endless years,
And formed by power divine,
To sound in God the Father's ears
No other name but Thine.
- "Walsall,", Henry Purcell, c. 1721
- "Wiltshire," George Smart, 1795
- "Cleansing Fountain," American folk tune
- "Horsley," William Horsley, 1844
- "Funeral: There is a Fountain/It Don't Make Sense," Jason Robert Brown, 1998
- "There is a Fount," Sean Michel, 2007
- "There is a Fountain," Citizens & Saints, 2015
- "Fountain", Wolves At The Gate, 2016
- Some compilers substitute would or may for have.
- "The Hymns of Cowper". The Gospel magazine, and theological review. New Series. 2 (18): 312. June 1, 1867.