1 How sweet from the scriptures the story we tell,
Of Jesus our Saviour who sat on the well;
And though He was weary, He taught His sweet law
So kindly to her who had come there to draw;
She knew not the stranger, nor ever could think
‘Twas Jesus who said to her, Give me to drink;
But O, when He promised life’s waters so free,
How quickly and gladly she knew it was He.
2 O sweet were the waters which came from the well
Where Jesus sat down, as the dear scriptures tell;
But sweeter, far sweeter and purer are they
That flow from the well of salvation today;
For Jesus declared, and His word we believe,
Whoever the water of life will receive,
The soul cheering water that He shall bestow,
A well of salvation forever shall flow.
3 O Jesus, our master, who sat on the well,
And taught this poor woman Thy story to tell,
We too would proclaim it wherever we go,
That all who are thirsty Thy goodness may know;
O grant that like hers our petition may be,
Lord, give us this water so sweet and so free,
That wells of salvation in us may be found,
That spring into life and forever abound.
Taylor, Edward G. (Fox Chase, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 25, 1830--April 10, 1887, Buffalo, New York). University of Lewisburgh, 1854; Rochester Theological Seminary, 1856. Pastorates at Terre Haute, Indiana, 1857-1860; Cincinnati, Ohio, 1860-1864; Chicago, Illinois, 1864-1870; New Orleans, Louisiana, 1870-1875; Providence, Rhode Island, 1875-1881; New York, 1881-1882; Newark, New Jersey, ?; Buffalo, N.Y., 1885-1887.
Taylor was the author of a large number of hymns for use in Sunday schools. In the Service of Song for Social Meetings (1881) is one of his hymns that begins "Deal kindly with my master," with music by George W. Stebbins. Stebbins also composed music for Taylor's "Not saved are we by trying."
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Display Title: Jesus at the WellFirst Line: How sweet from the scriptures the story we tellTune Title: [How sweet from the scriptures the story we tell]Author: E. G. Taylor, D. D.Scripture: John 4:6Date: 1884