A fountain of life and of grace

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1 A fountain of life and of grace
In Christ our Redeemer we see;
For us who His offers embrace,
For all it is open and free!
Jehovah Himself doth invite
To drink of His pleasures unknown,
The streams of immortal delight,
That flow from His heavenly throne.

2 As soon as in Him we believe,
By faith of His Spirit we take,
And freely forgiven, receive
The mercy for Jesus’ sake;
We gain a pure drop of His love,
The life of eternity know,
Angelical happiness prove,
And witness a heaven below.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12716

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: A fountain of life and of grace
Author: Charles Wesley
Meter: 8.8.8.8 D
Copyright: Public Domain

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A fountain of Life and of Grace. C. Wesley. [Living Water.] First published in his Short Hymns, 1762, vol. ii., No. 866, in 2 stanzas of 8 lines, and based on Rev. xxii. 17. In 1780 it was included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, No. 77, and has been repeated in later edition Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. xiii. p. 240. It has also passed into most of the collections of the Methodist bodies, and is also found in other hymnals in Great Britain and America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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