1 To the waters of life take the vessel of pray'r
There are joys everlasting awaiting thee there;
Let thy Saviour in mercy thy steps gently lead,
From the wells of salvation supplying thy need.
Haste away, haste away, thirsty soul,
Haste away, haste away, bright currents roll;
To the waters of life take the vessel of pray'r;
There are joys everlasting awaiting thee there.
2 To the waters of life take that vessel of thine,
Bring it up brimming over with blessing divine;
Whosoever is willing the welcome will hear,
Bringing down thro' the ages in tones sweet and clear. [Chorus]
3 To the waters of life take the vessel anew,
Bear away for thy neighbor a rich blessing, too;
For the Master, who never will slumber nor sleep,
Bids us draw when we will from the well-spring so deep. [Chorus]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >