Draw Nigh and Take the Body of the Lord

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1 Come, take by faith the body of the Lord,
and drink the blood of Christ for us outpoured.
Praise and confess the wonders of his grace:
to rescue us, he suffered in our place.

2 Led to the slaughter as the Lamb of God,
our Savior bought us with his precious blood.
Remember how he bore our curse and shame;
until he comes, let us his death proclaim.

3 Come, let us then with contrite hearts draw near
to seek the pledges of his mercy here.
He, who his saints in this world rules and shields,
to all believers life eternal yields.

4 With heavenly bread he makes the hungry whole,
gives living waters to the thirsty soul.
Let us his holy supper celebrate
and, so refreshed, our coming King await.


Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #197

Translator: J. M. Neale

John M. Neale's life is a study in contrasts: born into an evangelical home, he had sympathies toward Rome; in perpetual ill health, he was incredibly productive; of scholarly tem­perament, he devoted much time to improving social conditions in his area; often ignored or despised by his contemporaries, he is lauded today for his contributions to the church and hymnody. Neale's gifts came to expression early–he won the Seatonian prize for religious poetry eleven times while a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, England. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1842, but ill health and his strong support of the Oxford Movement kept him from ordinary parish ministry. So Neale spent the years between 1846 and 1866 as a warden of Sackvi… Go to person page >

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First Line: Draw nigh and take the Body of the Lord
Title: Draw Nigh and Take the Body of the Lord
Latin Title: Sancti venite, corpus Christi sumite
Translator: J. M. Neale (1861)
Meter: 10.10.10.10
Source: Latin hymn, 7th cent.
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Liturgical Use: Communion Songs

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