Fountain of Blessings: on fountains, gratitude, and a hymn

By Naomi Bird, originally published to our email list on 6/22/19

So far in our series this month, with the overarching theme of water, we have looked at songs that explore fear, the cycles of love, and the unimaginable path that slaves lived.  Songs that center on the theme of the naturally flowing rhythm of bodies of water have a special flavor to them. However, this week, rather than nature’s lakes and rivers, consider a fountain.

 

“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” is a versatile hymn that can seem perfectly appropriate throughout the seasons. It has a fun lilt in the melody and layers to its lyrics that make it both simple and complex, timeless and current.

According to my pal Wikipedia, fountains were originally created solely for the practical water-required functions of cleaning and hydrating. With the development of indoor plumbing in the 19th century, public fountains became purely decorative.  Prior to that, “most fountains operated by gravity, and needed a source of water higher than the fountain, such as a reservoir or aqueduct, to make the water flow or jet into the air.”

 “…needed a source of water higher than the fountain.” I don’t usually think about this for a fountain, thanks to modern technology.

Throughout all the verses of “Come, Thou Fount,” Robinson draws arrows from the gifts to the Giver, from the gifted to the Gifter, continuously tying us to our source and purpose.

May we see more of the blessings around us today, and then look up, to their Source, with songs of loudest praise.

TEXT for “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

by Robert Robinson (1735-1790)

Come, Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise His name –  I’m fixed upon it – name of God’s redeeming love.

Hitherto Thy love hast blest me; Thou has brought me to this place;
And I know Thy hand will bring me safely home by Thy good grace.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wand’ring from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger, bought me with His precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wand’ring heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O, take and seal it; Seal it for Thy courts above.

Listen to the sampler? This song is number 4.  Hear it below!:

SOURCES

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Come_Thou_Fount_of_Every_Blessing

https://hymnary.org/person/Robinson_R

https://hymnary.org/text/come_thou_fount_of_every_blessing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountain

Sheet music and lyrics from: Ten Hymns and Gospel Songs for Solo Voice arranged by Mark Hayes, Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

Fountain Photo by Dawid Zawiła on Unsplash

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