Scripture Verse

He…took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He blessed, and broke, and gave the loaves to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. Matthew 14:19


Julia H. Johnston (1849–1919)

Words: Ju­lia H. John­ston, in Bi­ble Stu­dy Songs, by Ber­tha F. Vel­la & Da­ni­el Tow­ner (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Pil­grim Press, 1899), page 109.

Music: Ven­tu­ra Da­ni­el B. Tow­ner, 1899 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Daniel B. Towner (1850–1919)


Beyond Beth­sa­ida’s bor­ders,
The wea­ry Sav­ior went,
To rest with His dis­ci­ples,
Before the day was spent;
But ea­ger people hast­ened,
The Son of Man to seek;
The poor and hea­vy laden
Desired to hear Him speak.

With pa­tient love He taught them,
Till sha­dows fell apace,
But all the people hun­gered
In that far de­sert place.
His heart with pi­ty melt­ed;
How ma­ny loaves have ye?
He said to the dis­ci­ples,
And bade them go and see.

A lit­tle lad among them,
His loaves and fish­es spared;
But Je­sus blessed and brake them,
And all the boun­ty shared.
With on­ly this pro­vi­sion,
Which Je­sus blessed and brake,
They fed the hun­gry thou­sands,
That day, be­side the lake.

Then bring your all to Je­sus,
However poor and small;
Come, hast­en now to bring it,
The lit­tle lads and all.
’Tis not the gifts we of­fer,
That help the world to­day,
But Je­sus’ bless­ing on them,
That sends them on their way.