Scripture Verse

I am the living bread which came down from Heaven. John 6:51


Words: Au­thor un­known, 1661 (O es­ca vi­a­tor­um). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by J. Ath­el­stan Ri­ley in The Eng­lish Hym­nal (Lon­don: Ox­ford Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 1906), num­ber 321.

Music: O Es­ca Vi­a­tor­um Lou­is Bour­geois, 1549 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • In all­en mein­en Tha­ten Da­vid­isch­es Har­fen und Psal­ter­spiel, 1744 (🔊 pdf nwc)

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bour­geois (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

J. Athelstan Riley


O food of men wayfaring,
The bread of angels sharing,
O manna from on high!
We hunger; Lord, supply us,
Nor Thy delights deny us,
Whose hearts to Thee draw nigh.

O stream of love past telling,
O purest fountain, welling
From out the Sav­ior’s side!
We faint with thirst; revive us,
Of Thine abundance give us,
And all we need provide.

O Je­sus, by Thee bidden,
We here adore Thee, hidden
’Neath forms of bread and wine.
Grant when the veil is riven,
We may behold, in heaven,
Thy countenance divine.