11909. But One Loaf

1 When the disciples crossed the lake
With but one loaf on board;
How strangely did their hearts mistake
The caution of their Lord.

2 "The leaven of the Pharisees
Beware", the Savior said;
They thought, it is because He sees
We have forgotten bread.

3 It seems they have forgotten, too,
What their own eyes had viewed;
How with what scarce sufficed for few,
He fed a multitude.

4 If five small loaves, by His command,
Could many thousands serve;
Might they not trust His gracious hand,
That they should never starve?

5 They oft His power and love had known,
And doubtless were to blame;
But we have reason good to own
That we are just the same.

6 How often has He brought relief,
And every want supplied!
Yet soon, again, our unbelief,
Says, "Can the Lord provide?"

7 Be thankful for one loaf today,
Though that be all your store;
Tomorrow, if you trust and pray,
Shall timely bring you more.

Text Information
First Line: When the disciples crossed the lake
Title: But One Loaf
Author: John Newton
Meter: CM
Language: English
Source: Olney Hymns (London, W. Oliver, 1779), Book 1
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Meter: CM
Key: G Major or modal
Source: Bremner's Collection, 1763
Copyright: Public Domain

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