Hail! everlasting spring,
Celestial fountain, hail!
Thy streams salvation bring,
The waters never fail.
Still they endure,
And still they flow,
For all our woe
And sovreign cure.
Source: Harmonia Americana: containing a concise introduction to the grounds of music; with a variety of airs, suitable fore divine worship and the use of musical societies; consisting of three and four parts #27
|First Line:||Hail, everlasting Spring|
|Title:||Repairing to Christ, the Fountain of Life|
Hail, everlasting Spring. P. Doddridge. The Living Fountain.] This hymn, based on Zech. xiii. 1, is dated in the Doddridge Manuscript " Nov. 7, 1736." It was first published in J. Orton's edition of Doddridge's (posthumous) Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 170, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, and again in J. p. Humphrey's edition of the same, 1839, No. 191, and in each case without alteration. In Hymns & Songs of Praise, N. Y., 1874, No. 515, it is given unaltered and in full. Elliott, in his Psalms & Hymns, 1835, No. 83, attributes the hymn to "Dodd," and this has been quoted as the author's name. It is simply a contraction of "Doddridge."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)