"O Living Bread From Heaven" by Johann Rist, 1607-1667 Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878 Text From: THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942) p.227-228 1. O living Bread from heaven, How richly hast Thou fed Thy guest! The gifts Thou now hast given Have filled my heart with joy and rest. O wondrous food of blessing, O cup that heals our woes! My heart, this gift professing, In thankful songs o'erflows; For while the faith within me Was quickened by this food, My soul hath gazed upon Thee, My highest, only Good. 2. My God, Thou here hast led me Within Thy temple's holiest place And there Thyself hast fed me With all the treasures of Thy grace, Oh, boundless is Thy kindness, And righteous is Thy power, While I in sinful blindness Am erring hour by hour; And yet Thou com'st not spurning A sinner, Lord, like me! Thy grace and love returning, What gift have I for Thee? 3. A heart that hath repented And mourns for sin with bitter sighs,-- Thou, Lord, art well contented With this my only sacrifice. I know that in my weakness Thou wilt despise me not, But grant me in Thy meekness The blessing I have sought; Yes, Thou wilt hear with favor The song that now I raise, For meet and right 'tis ever That I should sing Thy praise. 4. Grant what I have partaken May through Thy grace so work in me That sin be all forsaken And I may cleave alone to Thee And all my soul be heedful How I Thy love may know; For this alone is needful Thy love should in me glow. Then let no beauty ever, No joy, allure my heart, But what is Thine, my Savior, What Thou dost here impart. 5. Oh, well for me that, strengthened With heavenly food and comfort here, Howe'er my course be lengthened, I now may serve Thee free from fear! Away, then, earthly pleasure! All earthly gifts are vain; I seek a heavenly treasure, My home I long to gain, My God, where I shall praise Thee, Where none my peace destroy, And where my soul shall raise Thee Glad songs in endless joy.This text was converted to ascii format for Project Wittenberg by Debbie Harris and is in the public domain. You may freely distribute, copy or print this text. Please direct any comments or suggestions to: Rev. Robert E. Smith Walther Library at Concordia Theological Seminary E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Hymn #316 Text: Matt. 26: 26-29 Author: Johann Rist, 1651, cento Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1858, alt. Titled: "Wie wohl hast du gelabet" Tune: "Nun lob, mein' Seel'" 1st Published in: _Concentus Novi_ Town: Augsburg, 1540
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