Hail, everlasting Spring

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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.

Harmonia Americana, 1791

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hail, everlasting Spring
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English


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)



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