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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
Syria: Sychar
The Well of Sychar
Sir Edward Denny (1796–1889)
SWEET was the hour, O Lord! to thee,
  At Sychar’s lonely well,
When a poor outcast heard thee there
  Thy great salvation tell.
Thither she came; but O, her heart,        5
  All filled with earthly care,
Dreamed not of thee, nor thought to find
  The hope of Israel there.
Lord! ’t was thy power, unseen, that drew
  The stray one to that place,        10
In solitude to learn of thee
  The secrets of thy grace.
There Jacob’s erring daughter found
  Those streams, unknown before,
The water-brooks of life, that make        15
  The weary thirst no more.
And, Lord, to us, as vile as she,
  Thy gracious lips have told
That mystery of love, revealed
  At Jacob’s well of old.        20
In spirit, Lord, we ’ve sat with thee
  Beside the springing well
Of life and peace, and heard thee there
  Its healing virtues tell.
Dead to the world, we dream no more        25
  Of earthly pleasures now;
Our deep, divine, unfailing spring
  Of grace and glory thou!
No hope of rest in aught beside,
  No beauty, Lord, we see;        30
And, like Samaria’s daughter, seek
  And find our all in thee.

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