Scripture Verse

I am the Bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry. John 6:35

Introduction

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Mary A. Lathbury
1841–1913

Words: Ma­ry A. Lath­bu­ry, 1877; verses 3–4, Alex­an­der Groves, in the Wes­ley­an Me­tho­dist Magazine (Lon­don: Sep­tem­ber 1913). Lath­bu­ry wrote this hymn, and Day Is Dy­ing in the West, on the shores of Lake Chau­tau­qua, New York.

Music: Bread of Life Will­iam F. Sher­win, 1877 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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The Last Supper
Valentin de Boulogne
1592–1632

Lyrics

Break Thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me,
As Thou didst break the loaves be­side the sea;
Beyond the sac­red page I seek Thee, Lord;
My Spi­rit pants for Thee, O liv­ing Word!

Bless Thou the truth, dear Lord, to me, to me,
As Thou didst bless the bread by Ga­li­lee;
Then shall all bond­age cease, all fet­ters fall;
And I shall find my peace, my all in all.

Thou art the bread of life, O Lord, to me,
Thy ho­ly Word the truth that sav­eth me;
Give me to eat and live with Thee above;
Teach me to love Thy truth, for Thou art love.

O send Thy Spi­rit, Lord, now un­to me,
That He may touch my eyes, and make me see:
Show me the truth con­cealed with­in Thy Word,
And in Thy Book re­vealed I see the Lord.