Scripture Verse

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4

Introduction

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John B. Dykes
(1823–1876)

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems (Lon­don: Stra­han, 1739).

Music: St. Ag­nes John B. Dykes, in Hym­nal for Use in the Eng­lish Church, by John Grey, 1866 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Lyrics

Fountain of all the good we see
Streaming from Heav’n above,
Savior! our faith we act on Thee,
And exercise our love.

’Tis not the outward food we eat
Doth this new strength afford,
’Tis Thou, whose presence makes it meat,
Thou the life-giving Word.

Man doth not live by bread alone,
Whate’er Thou wilt can feed;
Thy power converts the bread to stone,
And turns the stone to bread.

Thou art our food: we taste Thee now,
In Thee we move and breathe,
Our bodies’ only life art Thou,
And all besides is death!