Composed March 1954, rev. 1958, and 1987; dedicated to Kathleen Munro, retired professor of music, University of Washington, Seattle.
There is a stream that issues forth from God’s eternal throne,
A living stream clear as the crystal stone.
The stream doth water paradise, it makes the angels sing.
One cordial drop revives my heart whence all my joys do spring.
Eye hath not seen nor ear hath heard
from fancy ’tis concealed what Thou Lord
has laid up for thine and hast to me revealed.
—John Mason (d. 1694)