Feeding the Five Thousand

Beyond Bethsaida’s borders

Author: Julia H. Johnston
Tune: VENTURA (Towner)
Published in 2 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Beyond Bethsaida’s borders,
The weary Savior went,
To rest with His disciples,
Before the day was spent;
But eager people hastened,
The Son of Man to seek;
The poor and heavy laden
Desired to hear Him speak.

2 With patient love He taught them,
Till shadows fell apace,
But all the people hungered
In that far desert place.
His heart with pity melted;
How many loaves have ye?
He said to the disciples,
And bade them go and see.

3 A little lad among them,
His loaves and fishes spared;
But Jesus blessed and brake them,
And all the bounty shared.
With only this provision,
Which Jesus blessed and brake,
They fed the hungry thousands,
That day, beside the lake.

Then bring your all to Jesus,
However poor and small;
Come, hasten now to bring it,
The little lads and all.
’Tis not the gifts we offer,
That help the world today,
But Jesus’ blessing on them,
That sends them on their way.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8102

Author: Julia H. Johnston

Julia Harriet Johnston, who was born on Jan. 21, 1849, at Salineville, OH, in Columbiana County. Her father was a minister and he mother was a poet. She began writing when she was nine years old but really started writing verse in high school. She lived in Peoria, Ill. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Beyond Bethsaida’s borders
Title: Feeding the Five Thousand
Author: Julia H. Johnston
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #8102
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