1. All my life I had a longing For a drink from some clear spring, That I hoped would quench the burning Of the thirst I felt within. 2. Feeding on the husks around me, Till my strength was almost gone, Longed my soul for something better, Only still to hunger on. 3. 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. 4. Well of water, ever springing, Bread of life so rich and free, Untold wealth that never faileth, My Redeemer is to me. Chorus: Hallelujah! I have found Him Whom my soul so long has craved! Jesus satisfies my longings Thru His blood I now am saved.
Lyrics: Clara Tear Williams
Music: Ralph Erskine Hudson
Meter: 126.96.36.199. with Refrain
Clara Tear Williams, 1858–1937
In his book, Songs That Lift the Heart, George Beverly Shea tells of his first meeting with the author of this hymn text, Mrs. Clara Tear Williams. It occurred while he was walking one day with his dad:
“That,” said Dad, “was Mrs. Clara Tear Williams. She writes hymns.” There was a near reverence in his voice, and though I was only eight 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. She explained that Mrs. Williams—a Wesleyan Methodist like us—had written the words, but that the music had been written by Ralph E. Hudson, an Ohio publisher who also was an evangelistic singer. 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.”