312. Lord Jesus Christ, Thou Living Bread

1 Lord Jesus Christ, Thou living Bread,
May I for mine possess Thee.
I would with heav'nly food be fed;
Descend, refresh, and bless me.
Now make me meet for Thee, O Lord;
Now, humbly by my heart implored,
Grant me Thy grace and mercy.

2 Thou me to pastures green dost guide,
To quiet waters lead me;
Thy Table Thou dost well provide
And from Thy hand dost feed me.
Sin, weakness, and infirmity
Am I; O Savior, give to me
The cup of Thy salvation.

3 O Bread of Heav'n, my soul's Delight,
For full and free remission
With prayer I come before Thy sight,
In sorrow and contrition.
With faith adorn my soul that I
May to Thy Table now draw nigh
With Thine own preparation.

4 I merit not Thy favor, Lord,
Sin now upon me lieth;
Beneath my burden, self-abhorred,
To Thee my spirit crieth.
In all my grief this comforts me,
That Thou on sinners graciously,
Lord Jesus, hast compassion.


Text Information
First Line: Lord Jesus Christ, Thou living Bread
Title: Lord Jesus Christ, Thou Living Bread
Original Language: German
Translator: Arthur T. Russell (1851, alt.)
Author: Johann Rist (1654, cento)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: The Sacraments: The Lord's Supper
Tune Information
Key: G Major
Source: "Deutsch Kirchenamt," Strassburg, 1535

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