All my life long I had panted
  For a draught from some cool spring,
That I hoped would quench the burning
  Of the thirst I felt within.
  Hallelujah! I have found Him
Whom my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies my longings;
  Through His life I now am saved.
Feeding on the husks around me,
  Till my strength was almost gone,
Longed my soul for something better,
  Only still to hunger on.
Poor I was, and sought for riches,
  Something that would satisfy,
But the dust I gathered round me
  Only mocked my soul’s sad cry.
Well of water, ever springing,
  Bread of life, so rich and free,
Untold wealth that never faileth,
  My Redeemer is to me.

Allentown, PA, United States

These lyrics contain a subtle change. She specifically wrote "through His blood...". Here blood is replaced by life. She is correct in the original. If He had not shed his blood, His life makes no difference to us.

Susan Tansey

Hamilton, North Island

We (the church in Hamilton, NZ) sang this beautiful hymn in the Lord's day meeting yesterday. So sweet. Amen.

Steve Miller

Detroit, Mi, United States

"My father, the Reverend A. J. Shea, and I were on an afternoon shopping trip for Mother, as I recall. When we came out of a store in Houghton, NY, where we had recently moved from Winchester, Ontario, we met a tall, elderly woman making her way slowly up the street. She was walking in that slow, mincing step older people sometimes do, cautious not to lose balance.

Dad tipped his hat and said good-day to her as we passed. She stopped and looked up to see who was speaking. Smiling sweetly, she returned his greeting.

'Do you know who that was, Son?' he asked me on the way. I turned and watched as she continued her careful progress. Though a distinguished woman (whom I would now describe as looking a lot like Whistler's Mother) I had no idea who she was.

'That,' said Dad, 'was Mrs. Clara Tear Williams. She writes hymns.' There was a near reverence in his voice, and though I was only 8 years old, I was duly impressed.

When Dad and I got home that afternoon, I told Mother about meeting Mrs. Williams, the hymn writer. She smiled knowingly and nodded her head. Then, she went to the piano bench and found a hymnal that contained one of Clara Tear Williams' compositions.

Placing the book on the music rack and sitting down to the piano, Mother began playing that song with me on the bench beside her. It was beautiful. Up until then, I guess I figured all the songs we sung in church were written and published by people who lived in far off places like New York. I couldn't get over the fact that we had a real live composer in our very own town.

A few years later, when I was in my teens and began to sing solos, I memorized the hymn that Mother played that day and sang it. It was entitled 'Satisfied' or 'All My Life Long.' - George Beverly Shea in 'Songs that Lift the Heart'

Boniface Kaloki

Nairobi, Kenya

Oh my! this the best song ever. It has changed my life forever, AMEN.


Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Thank God, You create the great song. Hallelujah.

Betty Swadley

Springfield, MO, United States

I love this hymn!

Tom Walker

Greenbrier, TN, United States

I Love singing this song and have been asked to sing it solo hope I can do my Savior proud. AMEN.

Jessie W.

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

This song is so true. It gives me such peace just reading the words. Christ surely is the end of all our wants and longings! How can we ever thank HIM enough! PRAISE THE LORD!


Malaybalay, Philippines

Indeed, there is no other life that we should ever long for. Only Christ's life in us -- as Paul states in Gal. 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me." Hallelujah what a Savior!


Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

To Sherry of USA: Make peace with the past and then bury it. Accept who you are today and go from here. Understand that we all are human and make mistakes; we have eaten from the husks that surrounded us but God's grace brought us to the well of water and now we are able to lift our heads with the dignity that only Christ can give.