But One Loaf

When the disciples crossed the lake

Author: John Newton
Tune: ST. PAUL (Chalmers' Collection)
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 When the disciples crossed the lake
With but one loaf on board;
How strangely did their hearts mistake
The caution of their Lord.

2 "The leaven of the Pharisees
Beware", the Savior said;
They thought, it is because He sees
We have forgotten bread.

3 It seems they have forgotten, too,
What their own eyes had viewed;
How with what scarce sufficed for few,
He fed a multitude.

4 If five small loaves, by His command,
Could many thousands serve;
Might they not trust His gracious hand,
That they should never starve?

5 They oft His power and love had known,
And doubtless were to blame;
But we have reason good to own
That we are just the same.

6 How often has He brought relief,
And every want supplied!
Yet soon, again, our unbelief,
Says, "Can the Lord provide?"

7 Be thankful for one loaf today,
Though that be all your store;
Tomorrow, if you trust and pray,
Shall timely bring you more.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11909

Author: John Newton

Newton, John, who was born in London, July 24, 1725, and died there Dec. 21, 1807, occupied an unique position among the founders of the Evangelical School, due as much to the romance of his young life and the striking history of his conversion, as to his force of character. His mother, a pious Dissenter, stored his childish mind with Scripture, but died when he was seven years old. At the age of eleven, after two years' schooling, during which he learned the rudiments of Latin, he went to sea with his father. His life at sea teems with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and sailor recklessness. He grew into an abandoned and godless sailor. The religious fits of his boyhood changed into settled infidelity, through the study of Shaftesbury and… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When the disciples crossed the lake
Title: But One Loaf
Author: John Newton
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Source: Olney Hymns (London, W. Oliver, 1779), Book 1
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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The Cyber Hymnal #11909
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