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Posted By: Joe Offer
20-Nov-10 - 10:35 PM
Thread Name: Origins: At Jacob's Well (a Stranger Sought)
Subject: RE: Origins: At Jacob's Well (a Stranger Sought)
You'll find more anglocentric lyrics in the The Wesleyan Sunday-scholars' hymn book (1857)

Grigg.] HYMN 182. c.m.

1 AT Jacob's well a stranger sought
His drooping frame to cheer!
Samaria's daughter little thought
That Jacob's God was there.

2 This had she known, her fainting mind
For richer draughts had sigh'd;
Nor had Messiah, ever kind,
Those richer draughts denied.

3 This ancient well, (no glass so true,)
Britannia's image shows;
Now Jesus travels Britain through,
But who the stranger knows ?

4 Yet Britain must the stranger know,
Or soon her loss deplore;
Behold the living waters now,
Come, drink, and thirst no more.

Click here for an even earlier source, Hymns for the use of the Methodist new connexion, principally from the collection of J. Wesley, a Methodist hymnal from 1836 (same lyrics as 1857). The Methodist movement, followers of John and Charles Wesley, did not form a separate denomination in England until after John Wesley's death in 1791.