1 Be known to us in breaking bread,
but do not then depart;
Savior, abide with us, and spread
your table in our heart.
2 Here share with us, in love divine,
your body and your blood,
that living bread, that heavenly wine
be our immortal food.
Source: Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #500
|First Line:||Be known to us in breaking bread|
|Author:||James Montgomery (1825)|
|Liturgical Use:||Communion Songs|
Be known to us in breaking bread. J. Montgomery. [Holy Communion.] First published in his Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 528, in 2 stanzaz of 4 lines, and entitled "The Family Table." It was subsequently republished in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 207, with the same title. Its use is limited in its original form, but as a part of the cento “Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless" (q.v.), it is widely known in America.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)