Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >
True Bread of Life, in pitying [ten¬der] mercy given. H. Bonar. [Holy Communion.] Published in hisHymns of Faith and Hope, 2nd series, 1861, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The True Bread." It is usually given in 4 stanzas and sometimes as "True Bread of Life, in tender mercy given," as in T. Darling's Hymns for the Church of England, 1887.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: The True BreadFirst Line: True bread of life, in pitying mercy giv’nTune Title: ELLERSAuthor: Horatius BonarMeter: 10.10.10.10Source: Hymns of Faith and Hope 2nd series (London, James Nisbet, 1861)