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All my life I had a longing

Author: Clara Teare Williams (1875)
Published in 72 hymnals

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1. All my life I had a longing
For a drink from some clear spring,
That I hoped would quench the burning
Of the thirst I felt within.

Hallelujah! I have found Him
Whom my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies my longings,
Through His blood I now am saved.

2. Feeding on the husks around me,
Till my strength was almost gone,
Longed my soul for something better,
Only still to hunger on.

3. Poor I was, and sought for riches,
Something that would satisfy,
But the dust I gathered round me
Only mocked my soul’s sad cry.

4. Well of water, ever springing,
Bread of life so rich and free,
Untold wealth that never faileth,
My Redeemer is to me.

Source: 50 Favorites: and July 2013 index of supplement to Evening Light Songs #36

Author: Clara Teare Williams

Williams, Mrs. Clara Tear. (Painesville, Ohio, September 22, 1858--July 1, 1937, Houghton, New York). As a young woman she was a school teacher. She suffered an attack of tuberculosis but fully recovered from it and for a number of years engaged in evangelistic work in several North Central states. In 1895 she married the Reverend W.H. Williams, a Wesleyan Methodist minister, and until his death thirty years later labored with him in serving churches in New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. She was a member of the Commission of her church which compiled Sacred Hymns and Tunes, 1897. --Robert G. McCutchan, DNAH Archives. Photocopied photos (uncited) of Clara Tear Williams and pages from a manuscript family history by Frank W. Tear are also av… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: All my life I had a longing
Title: Satisfied
Author: Clara Teare Williams (1875)
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Hallelujah! I have found Him
Notes: About 1875, I was helping in meetings in Troy, Ohio, where Professor R. E. Hudson conducted the singing, when, just before retiring one night, he asked me to write a song for a book he was preparing to publish. Before sleeping, I wrote Satisfied. In the morning, he composed the music.
Copyright: Public Domain



Baptist Hymnal 1991 #539
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
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  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
The Cyber Hymnal #5897
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Small Church Music #5212
  • PDF Score (PDF)


Instances (1 - 13 of 13)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
50 Favorites: and July 2013 index of supplement to Evening Light Songs #36TextPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #539TextAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #621TextPage Scan
Hymns of Faith #275TextPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #535Page Scan
Rejoice Hymns #359
Sing Joyfully #323TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #2954Audio
Small Church Music #5212Audio
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #518TextPage Scan
The Cyber Hymnal #5897TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #531TextPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #511TextPage Scan
Include 59 pre-1979 instances
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