At the beginning of a meeting, a brother can call Hymns, #322. According to our old practice, we would sing immediately after a hymn was called. Now we have changed our way; instead of singing the hymn right away, we may first speak it to one another. First, we may ask the brothers to speak corporately to the sisters, and then the sisters can speak in return. The brothers can say, "Many weary years I vainly sought a spring," and the sisters can reply, "Yes, one that never would run dry." Then the brothers can continue, "Unavailing all that earth to me could bring," and the sisters can respond, "Yes, nothing seemed to satisfy." This kind of speaking to one another is wonderful. If at the beginning of the meeting everyone exercises his spirit to speak, the spirits of the saints will be greatly moved and inspired. When we come to the chorus of the hymn, the brothers can say, "Drinking at the Fountain that never runs dry," and the sisters can reply, "Hallelujah! Drinking at the Fountain of life am I." The brothers can then continue, "Finding joy and pleasure," and the sisters can respond, "Hallelujah! In abounding measure." Then everyone can say at the same time, "I am drinking at the Fountain of life. Hallelujah! Amen!" How wonderful this would be! The inspiring power from speaking a hymn is much greater than from merely singing it.
- Many weary years I vainly sought a spring,
One that never would run dry;
Unavailing all that earth to me could bring,
Nothing seemed to satisfy.
- Drinking at the Fountain that never runs dry,
Drinking at the Fountain of life am I;
Finding joy and pleasure
In abounding measure,
I am drinking at the Fountain of life.
For I find a living Spring
And my cup of gladness now is running o’er,
Jesus is my Lord and King.
Here is holy peace and rest;
Here is consolation as the moments fly,
Here my heart is always blest.
While the endless ages roll;
To this healing Fountain I would ever fly,
There to bathe my weary soul.