O Christ, He is the fountain

O Christ, He is the fountain,
  The deep, sweet well of life:
Its living streams I’ve tasted
  Which save from grief and strife.
And to an ocean fulness,
  His mercy doth expand;
His grace is all-sufficient
  As by His wisdom planned.
O I am my Beloved’s,
  And my Beloved’s mine;
He brings a poor vile sinner
  Into His house of wine!
I stand upon His merit;
  I know no other stand.
I’m hidden in His presence
  And held by His own hand.
The Bride eyes not her garment,
  But her dear Bridegroom’s face;
I will not gaze at glory,
  But on my King of grace:
Not at the crown He giveth,
  But on His pierced hand;
The Lamb is all the glory,
  And my eternal stand!

Turnhout, Antwerp, Belgium

And to and ocean fulness, His mercy does expand. His grace is all-sufficient, as by His wisdom planned!

I’m so happy and thankful to enjoy this ocean of mercy and all-sufficient grace in the Body today. I am enjoying and experiencing today the riches of His wisdom by pursuing to know Him and love Him in Body.

Dawn Citto

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Amen, I stand upon HIs merit, I know NO other stand,

Im hidden in His Presence and Held by His Own Hand...

thankyou for such a security, comfort & satisfying thought

Lord, You do keep us, holding us, we have absolutely Nothing

to Fear - You became our Life and our Person!

Jobelle Ruth

Las Piñas, Metro Manila, Philippines

One of the hymns we personally selected during our wedding meeting. So precious ❤️.

Indeed, Christ is the fountain, the deep sweet well of life.


Near Reading, United Kingdom

Thank you Peter from Reading. I love this hymn from my childhood at the Nairobi Chapel Kenya. Today I’m sending it to a dear friend for her 90th birthday, because I felt the Spirit remind me of its words, especially the line ‘the streams on earth I’ve tasted; more deep I’ll drink above. ’ A little different from the words shown above.


Reading, United Kingdom

Why should we want anything less than to be in the reality of the divine romance with our blessed loving, living Saviour? OH the transendancecy of the Lords saving love will bring the needed tears of joy and satisfaction too flow... This wonerful Hymn will help bring us into a mutual satisfaction thats behond compare....... He brings a poor vile sinner into His House of wine... OH LORD JESUS I LOVE YOU...

Francis Y Chow

Anaheim, CA, United States

Its living streams I’ve tasted. Which save from grief and strife. Hallelujah!

Sister Tang

Thank you Lord for your deep well of love, sweet well of life!

Glory Jung

Anaheim, CA, United States

Only new wine will last..

Ana Lara

Tolland, Connecticut, United States

Mrs Anne Ross Cousin (1824-1906), hymn writer and only child of David Ross Cundell M. D. , an assistant surgeon of the 33rd regiment at Waterloo, was born in Hull, on April 27th, 1824 but her family afterwards moved to Leith.

Educated privately, Anne became an expert pianist under John Muir Wood.

In 1847, she married William Cousin, minister of Chelsea Presbyterian Church who was subsequently called to the Free Church at Irvine, Ayrshire, and in 1857 to Melrose. He retired in Edinburg in 1878 and died there in 1883. Mrs. Cousin survived him 23 years dying December 6th, 1906.

In 1920, a stained glass window was placed in her memory in St. Adrian’s United Free Church, Melrose. She had four sons and two daughters.

Mrs Cousin is best known for the hymn “The Sands of Time are Sinking” which is hymn 206 in this hymnal titled “Oh Christ He is the Fountain”. Originally it had 19 stanzas and was written in Irvine in 1854. “I wrote it”, she said “as I sat at work one Saturday evening and though I threw it off at that time." It was the result of a long familiarity with the writings of Samuel Rutherford especially his letters. The hymn first appeared in the Christian Treasury in 1857 under the heading of ‘The Last Words of Samuel Rutherford. ’ It did not become generally known until Dr. J. Hood Wilson of Barclay Church, Edinburgh introduced a shortened version of 5 stanzas into a hymn book ‘Service of Praise’ prepared for his congregation in 1865.

Next in popularity among her hymns are ‘Oh Christ What Burdens Bow’d Thy Head’ (hymn 94) which Mr. Sankey eulogized as a gospel hymn that had been very much blessed; and ‘King Eternal, King Immortal’ which has been frequently set to music and sung at great choral festivals. ‘To Thee Dear Lord, Oh Christ of God, ’(126) Is also found in this hymnal.

Nelson Liu

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Christ is better than any old water fountain. Christ is THE fountain!!

God's dealing with His redeemed people through the Trinity was for the purpose of keeping them in the enjoyment of His riches through His divine dispensing. Without the Angel of Jehovah, Jehovah had no way to go with them in their midst. For Jehovah to be with His people, there was the need of the Angel. Today without Christ, God has no way to be with us. Furthermore, the cloud and the pillar of cloud were necessary for God to come to His people and stay with them. Similarly, today the Spirit, the pneumatic Christ, enables God to come to us and stay with us so that we may enjoy His presence. The crucified Christ as the cleft rock is our standing and hiding before the manifested God. Hymns, #298 says, "On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; / All other ground is sinking sand." Hymns, #206 says, "I stand upon His merit; / I know no other stand." Because the crucified Christ, Christ in His death, is our standing and our hiding, we can communicate with and contact God. The merciful and governmental God and the rebellious, stiff-necked people can be brought together only through the Angel, the pillar of cloud, the cleft rock, and the hand of Jehovah, which typify Christ as God's sent One, the pneumatic Christ, Christ in His death, and Christ as the covering in God's manifestation. Because of the operation of the Trinity in this way, we now enjoy God's continual presence. Moreover, He manifests Himself to us, and we see Him in a hidden way. We have a standing and a hiding, a covering. This all-inclusive care of the Divine Trinity is for the purpose of His remaining with us to dispense Himself for our enjoyment.