Scripture Verse

Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:11

Introduction

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Old Woman at Prayer
Nicolaes Maes (1632–1693)

Words: Sam­u­el Long­fel­low, Hymns of the Spir­it 1864.

Music: Pu­er No­bis Nas­ci­tur Tri­er, Ger­ma­ny, 15th Cen­tu­ry. Adapt­ed by Mi­chael Prae­tor­i­us, 1609. Har­mo­ny by George R. Wood­ward, 1910 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Wood­ward (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Samuel Longfellow
(1819–1892)

Lyrics

O God, Thou Giver of all good;
Thy children live by daily food;
And daily must the prayer be said,
Give us this day our daily bread.

The life of earth and seed is Thine;
Suns glow, rains fall, by power divine;
Thou art in all; not e’en the powers
By which we toil for bread are ours.

What large provision Thou hast made!
As large as is Thy children’s need;
How wide the bounteous love is spread!
Wide as the want of daily bread.

Since every day by Thee we live,
May grateful hearts Thy gifts receive;
And may the hands be pure from stain
With which our daily bread we gain.