1 Author of life divine,
who hast a table spread,
furnished with mystic wine
and everlasting bread,
preserve the life Thyself hast giv'n,
and feed and train us up for heav'n.
2 Our needy souls sustain
with fresh supplies of love,
till all Thy life we gain
and all Thy fullness prove,
and strengthened by Thy perfect grace,
behold without a veil Thy face.
Source: Hymns to the Living God #285
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Author of life divine. [Holy Communion.] This hymn for the Holy Communion is from J. & C. Wesley's Hymns on the Lord's Supper, first published in 1745, No. 40, in 2 stanzas of 6 lines. In 1875 it was included without alteration in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, and attributed to John Wesley. There is, however, no evidence that it was the composition of John as distinct from Charles Wesley. In the absence of positive evidence either way the probabilities are in favour of Charles, rather than his elder brother. It is also in common use in America. Original text in Hymns Ancient & Modern and Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iii. p. 244.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)