“Zion's Sons and Daughters”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1931 (Fuson)
Keywords: religious nonballad
Found in: US(Ap)

Description

"See the fountain opened wide That from sinning frees us, Flowing from the wounded side Of our Immanuel Jesus." Those who thirst are called; Jesus gives freely to the dying; the woman at the well is given a warming drink; the thief forgiven

Supplemental text

Zion's Sons and Daughters
  Partial text(s)

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From Harvey H. Fuson, Ballads of the Kentucky Highlands, pp. 214-215.
"From singing of Mrs. Louisa Moses."

See the fountain opened wide
That from sinning frees us,
Flowing from the wounded side
Of our Immanuel Jesus.

Ho, everyone that thirsts,
Come ye to the waters;
Freely drink and quench your thrist (sic.)
With Zion's sons and daughters.

Dying sinners, come and try,
The waters will relieve you;
Without money come and buy,
For Christ will freely give you.

(5 additional stanzas)

Notes

I strongly suspect that this is a version of "Boundless Mercy (Drooping Souls, No Longer Grieve)," but the key lines are missing, and Fuson doesn't give tunes, so I have to classify it separately.

The story of the woman of Samaria and the well, in which Jesus promises "living water," is in John 4, though there are hints of the theme elsewhere.

The "thief... [who] fled to glory" is, I think, an allusion to Luke 23:39-43. - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Fuson, pp. 214-215, "Zion's Sons and Daughters" (1 text)
  2. ST Fus214 (Partial)
  3. Roud #16373
  4. BI, Fus214