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2 Vine of heaven, Thy blood supplies
This blest cup of sacrifice.
J. Conder. Alt. 663
10s. Not worthy, Lord, to gather up the crumbs
With trembling hand, that from Thy table
A weary, heavy-laden sinner comes
To plead Thy promise and obey Thy call. 2 I am not worthy to be thought Thy child,
Nor sit the last and lowest at Thy board ; Too long a wanderer, and too oft beguiled,
I only ask one reconciling word. 3 One word from Thee, my Lord, one smile,
one look, And I could face the cold, rough world
again ; And with that treasure in my heart could
brook The wrath of devils and the scorn of
4 And is not mercy Thy prerogative
Free mercy, boundless, fathomless, divine ? Me, Lord, the chief of sinners, me forgive,
And Thine the greater glory, only Thine. 5 I hear Thy voice; Thou bid'st me come
and rest ; I come, I kneel, I clasp Thy piercèd feet ; Thou bid'st me take my place, a welcome
guest Among Thy saints, and of Thy banquet 6 My praise can only breathe itself in prayer,
My prayer can only lose itself in Thee ; Dwell Thou for ever in my heart, and
there, Lord, let me sup with Thee ; sup Thou with me.
E. H. Bickersteth.
10s. 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 ! 2 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.
M. A. Lathbury.
7. 61. “TILL He come,” oh, let the words Linger on the trembling chords ; Let the “little while" between In their golden light be seen ; Let us think how heav'n and home
Lie beyond that “Till He come.” 2 When the weary ones we love
Enter on their rest above,
3 See, the feast of love is spread,
Drink the wine and break the bread, -
E. H. Bickersteth. 666
10s. HERE, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face ; Here would touch and handle things
unseen ; Here grasp with firmer hand eternal grace,
And all my weariness upon Thee lean. 2 Here would I feed upon the bread of God, Here drink with Thee the royal wine of
heaven ; Here would I lay aside each earthly load, Here taste afresh the calm of sin for
given. 3 This is the hour of banquet and of song ;
This is the heavenly table spread for me ; Here let me feast, and, feasting, still pro
long The brief bright hour of fellowship with
Thee. 4 Too soon we rise ; the symbols disappear ;
The feast, though not the love, is past
and gone ;
The bread and wine remove, but Thou art
Nearer than ever, still my shield and sun. 5 Feast after feast thus comes and passes by, Yet, passing, points to the glad feast
Giving sweet foretaste of the festal joy, The Lamb's great bridal feast of bliss and love.
On which the living Church doth rest,The Church, whose walls are strong salva
tion, Whose gates are praise, — Thy name be
blest! 2 Son of the living God, oh call us
Once and again to follow Thee ; And give us strength, whate'er befall us,
Thy true disciples still to be. 3 When fears appal, and faith is failing, Make Thy voice heard o'er wind and
wave, 'Why doubt ?” — and in Thy love prevail
Put forth Thine hand to help and save. 4 And if our coward hearts deny Thee,
In inmost thought, in deed, or word, Let not our hardness still defy Thee,
But with a look subdue us, Lord. 5 Oh, strengthen Thou our weak endeavor
Thee in Thy sheep to serve and tend,
H. A. Martin. 668
9s, 8s. BREAD of the world, in mercy broken,
Wine of the soul, in mercy shed, By whom the words of life were spoken, And in whose death our sins are dead ;
2 Look on the heart by sorrow broken,
Look on the tears by sinners shed ; And be Thy feast to us the token
That by Thy grace our souls are fed.
Around Thy table, Lord ;
Our solemn vows record.
2 Here have we seen Thy face,
And felt Thy presence here ;
In word and life appear.
By sin no longer led,
May we rejoicing tread.
Be our communion shown,
A. R. Wolfe.
Which for us the Lord hath spread,
Grow in all things like our head. 2 His example while beholding,
May our lives His image bear; Him our Lord and Master calling,
His commands may we revere.