499. Bread of the World in Mercy Broken

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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:
look on the heart by sorrow broken;
look on the tears by sinners shed;
so may your feast become the token
that by your grace our souls are fed.

Text Information
First Line: Bread of the world in mercy broken
Title: Bread of the World in Mercy Broken
Author: Reginald Heber (1827, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Eucharist; Lord's Supper; Communion
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Louis Bourgeois (1543; rev. 1551)
Key: G Major
Source: harm. The Hymnal 1940

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This prayer-text divides into distinct halves, the first four lines being an extended address to Christ, and the last four being a series of petitions. These carefully crafted words are set to one of the most majestic tunes to emerge from the tradition of Reformed psalmody.

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