Great source of being and of love,
Thou waterest all the worlds above,
And all the joys we mortals know
From Thine exhaustless fountain flow.
A sacred spring at Thy command
From Zion’s mount, in Canaan’s land,
Beside Thy temple, cleaves the ground,
And pours its limpid stream around.
The limpid stream with sudden force
Swells to a river in its course;
Through desert realms its windings play,
And scatter blessings all the way.
Close by its banks in order fair
The blooming trees of life appear;
Their blossoms fragrant odors give,
And on their fruit the nations live.
To the dead sea the waters flow,
And carry healing as they go;
Its poisonous dregs their power confess,
And all its shores the fountain bless.
Flow, wondrous stream with glory crowned,
Flow on to earth’s remotest bound;
And bear us on thy gentle wave
To Him, who all thy virtues gave.
Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8197
"The Sea or Lake, where Sodom, Gomorrah, &c, had stood, which was putrid and poysonous; and ancient writers say that no Fish could Live in it."The same text, but with the omission of the note, was repeated in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the Hymns, &c, 1839, No. 165. In some modern hymn-books stanza v. is omitted, as in Martineau's Hymns, &c, 1873. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)