Blest Jesus, source of grace divine

Blest Jesus, source of grace divine

Author: Philip Doddridge
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1. Blest Jesus, source of grace divine,
What soul-refreshing streams are Thine,
O bring these healing waters nigh,
Or we must droop, and fall, and die.

2. No traveler through desert lands,
’Midst scorching suns and burning sands,
More needs the current to obtain,
Or to enjoy refreshing rain.

3. Our longing souls aloud would sing,
Spring up, celestial fountain, spring;
To an abundant river flow,
And cheer this thirsty land below.

4. May this blest river near my side
Through all the desert gently glide;
Then in Immanuel’s land above,
Spread to a sea of joy and love.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #536

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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Author: Philip Doddridge


Blest Jesus, Source of grace divine. P. Doddridge. [The Water of Life.] This hymn is No. 88 in the Doddridge manuscript, where it is undated. In J. Orton's edition of Doddridge's (posthumous) Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 221, it is given in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, with a text slightly differing from the D.MSS. It is also in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839. Its most popular form is that given to it early in the century in some American Unitarian collections:— "Blest Spirit, Source of grace divine." In this form it is in the Unitarian Hymn [and Tune] Book, Boston, 18G8, and other hymnals.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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