This is the feast of heavenly wine

This is the feast of heavenly wine

Author: William Cowper
Published in 50 hymnals

Representative Text

1 This is the feast of heavenly wine,
And God invites to sup:
The juices of the living vine
Were press'd, to fill the cup.

2 Oh bless the Savior, ye that eat,
With royal dainties fed;
Not heaven affords a costlier treat,
For Jesus is the bread.

3 The vile, the lost, he calls to them,
Ye trembling souls, appear!
The righteous in their own esteem
Have no acceptance here.

4 Approach, ye poor, nor dare refuse
The banquet spread for you;
Dear Savior, this is welcome news,
Then I may venture too.

5 If guilt and sin afford a plea,
And may obtain a place,
Surely the Lord will welcome me,
And I shall see his face.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #222

Author: William Cowper

William Cowper (pronounced "Cooper"; b. Berkampstead, Hertfordshire, England, 1731; d. East Dereham, Norfolk, England, 1800) is regarded as one of the best early Romantic poets. To biographers he is also known as "mad Cowper." His literary talents produced some of the finest English hymn texts, but his chronic depression accounts for the somber tone of many of those texts. Educated to become an attorney, Cowper was called to the bar in 1754 but never practiced law. In 1763 he had the opportunity to become a clerk for the House of Lords, but the dread of the required public examination triggered his tendency to depression, and he attempted suicide. His subsequent hospitalization and friendship with Morley and Mary Unwin provided emotional st… Go to person page >

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First Line: This is the feast of heavenly wine
Author: William Cowper

Notes

This is the feast of heavenly wine. W. Cowper. [Holy Communion.] First published in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. ii., No. 53, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "Welcome to the Table." Sometimes it begins with stanzas ii., "O bless the Saviour, ye that eat." See also “Bless'd with the presence of their God."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Divine Hymns from Various Authors #d65

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #222

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d842

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A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d848

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #d848

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A Selection of Hymns #d282

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #A12

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Baptist Hymn Book #a559

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d515

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Church Hymn Book #CLXXXV

Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Worship. 4th ed. #d288

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Dyer's Psalmist #391

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #515

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Hymns, Selected and Original #515

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Hymns #515

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Hymns #515

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Hymns #515

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Hymns #515

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Prayer and Praise #364

Primitive Baptist Hymn Book for All Lovers of Sacred Song. 3rd ed. #d185

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Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship #471

Select Hymns #d179

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Select Hymns, The Third Part of Christian Psalmody. 3rd ed. #aa170

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Select Hymns #170

Supplement to Watts #d412

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The Baptist Hymn Book #559

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The Boston Collection of Sacred and Devotional Hymns #109

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The Cluster of Spiritual Songs, Divine Hymns and Sacred Poems #XCI

The Good Old Songs #d544

The Good Old Songs #d544

The New Harp of Columbia #d95

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The New Hymn Book #100

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The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. #D170

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The South Western Psalmist #d396

Zion's Hymns, for the Use of the Original Free-Will Baptist Church of North Carolina #d265

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