Beneath the forms of outward rite

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1 Beneath the forms of outward rite
thy supper, Lord, is spread
in every quiet upper room
where fainting souls are fed.

2 The bread is always consecrate
that friend divide with friend;
each act of true community
repeats thy feast again.

3 The blessed cup is only passed
true memory of thee,
when life anew pours out its wine
with rich sufficiency.

4 O Master, through these symbols shared,
thine own dear self impart,
that in our daily life may flame
the passion of thy heart.

Source: Chalice Hymnal #406

Author: James Arnold Blaisdell

James Arnold Blaisdell (1867-1957) was a minister, theologian and most notably the third president of Pomona College (1910-1927) and founder and “Head Fellow” of the Claremont Colleges (1927-1935). See also: Wikipedia article  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Beneath the forms of outward rite
Author: James Arnold Blaisdell
Language: English
Notes: Spanish translation: "Tu cena celebramos hoy" by Barbara Mink


BELMONT (Gardiner)

This tune has been mis-attributed to various other composers, but is clearly the work of the above-named composer.

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PERRY (Sowerby)

Leo Sowerby (b. Grand Rapids, MI, 1895; d. Port Clinton, OH, 1968) composed PERRY in 1962 at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, the site of an international peace monument and the place from which Commodore Oliver H. Perry (then a lieutenant) sailed to gain a naval victory during the War of 1812. The tune was origin…

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DUNDEE (Ravenscroft)

DUNDEE first appeared in the 1615 edition of the Scottish Psalter published in Edinburgh by Andro Hart. Called a "French" tune (thus it also goes by the name of FRENCH), DUNDEE was one of that hymnal's twelve "common tunes"; that is, it was not associated with a specific psalm. In the Psalter Hymnal…

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Chalice Hymnal #406

Great Songs of the Church (Revised) #388

Hymns of the Saints #339

Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #399


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