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.
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.



The order of the verses should probably be governed by the content of the last verse that summarizes the themes of thirst, hunger, and riches. This was our song of the day in our family devotions this morning. May I encourage people to feed on Colossians 2:9-10. Christ is all, and in Him we find fulfillment.


United States

Please pray for me. I have walked with God for over 30 years, yet when I sing this song it just points out that I still long to have the pain and sorrow erased from my heart so that when I shout & sing Hallelujah I have found Him there isn't a hollow echo in my heart. I want to find the peace that passes understanding and the joy that never fades.

Shane Forbes

Asheville, NC

I love this song! However, I've always heard the second and third verses reversed.



I thank God that when I was feeding on the husk He found me and gave me food that I will never get hungry again. I was just crying out to Him and He gave me this song. Thanks that I could find it just now.

Salvador Tarun, Jr.

Pittsburgh, PA, United States

A hymn that holds a deep well-spring of life. Listening to it leads me to profound enjoyments of Christ, even as I do my daily tasks. The Lord bless and preserve the ministry of these wonderful hymns for His lovers and seekers.

Manny Mendez

Land O Lakes, Florida, United States

This song brings joy to my soul, knowing that I have found Him who can satisfy my soul..Praise His Name