I remember exactly where I was when I first heard this hymn: I was candidating at Bible Covenant Community Church in York. Just before the Sunday night service, I noticed a few people gathered together, discussing something. When the service started, that group made their way to the choir risers and took their places – this was an impromptu choir special! They sang Satisfied. I enjoyed it that night and ever since. You can hear it here – this is simply piano and starts right away.
All my life long I had panted
For a drink 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.
Words: Clara T. Williams
Music: Ralph E. Hudson
Of this song she said, “About 1875, I was helping in meetings in Troy, Ohio, where Professor R. E. Hudson conducted the singing, when, just before retiring one night, he asked me to write a song for a book he was preparing to publish. Before sleeping, I wrote Satisfied. In the morning, he composed the music.”