BREAD OF LIFE (Sherwin)

Composer: William F. Sherwin

Sherwin, William Fisk, an American Baptist, was born at Buckland, Massachusetts, March 14,1826. His educational opportunities, so far as schools were concerned, were few, but he made excellent use of his time and surroundings. At fifteen he went to Boston and studied music under Dr. Mason: In due course he became a teacher of vocal music, and held several important appointments in Massachusetts; in Hudson and Albany, New York County, and then in New York City. Taking special interest in Sunday Schools, he composed carols and hymn-tunes largely for their use, and was associated with the Rev. R. Lowry and others in preparing Bright Jewels, and other popular Sunday School hymn and tune books. A few of his melodies are known in Great Britain th… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: William F. Sherwin (1877)
Meter: 10.10.10.10
Incipit: 31356 53132 31356
Key: D Major

Texts

Break Thou the Bread of Life

Break now the bread of life, dear Lord, to me,
as once you broke the loaves beside the sea.
Beyond the sacred page I seek you, Lord;
my spirit waits for you, O living Word.

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Notes

William F. Sherwin (PHH 8) composed BREAD OF LIFE in 1877 for the stanzas by Lathbury when he was the music director for the Chautauqua Institution.

A good fit for the hymn text, BREAD OF LIFE is a quiet tune, meditative in tone but with a fine climax in its final phrase. Sing this tune in harmony at a firm tempo.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #263
Text: Break Thou the Bread of Life
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #368
Text: Here, at Your Table, Lord
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #138
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #681
Text: Builder of Ages
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2178
Text: Here at Thy Table, Lord
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #8016
Text: Christus! Anointed One!
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #282
Text: Break Now the Bread of Life
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
The United Methodist Hymnal #599
Text: Break Thou the Bread of Life
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Worship and Rejoice #665
Text: Break Now the Bread of Life
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 56 of 56)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
50 Favorites: and July 2013 index of supplement to Evening Light Songs #5TextPage Scan
African American Heritage Hymnal #334TextPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #257
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #378Text
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #86
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #263TextAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #368TextFlexScoreAudio
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #403TextPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #407TextFlexScorePage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #35TextPage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #455TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #321TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #384TextAudioPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #138ScoreAudio
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #286
Discipleship Ministries Collection #93
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #515TextPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #460Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #216
Hymnal: A Worship Book #360
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #250
Hymns of Faith #113TextPage Scan
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #173
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #333
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #454
Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #146TextPage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #764TextFlexScorePage Scan
Moravian Book of Worship #502TextPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #123Page Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #329TextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #282Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice Hymns #334
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #271
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #688
Sing Joyfully #175TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #37Audio
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #365
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #413TextPage Scan
The Christian Life Hymnal #231
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #535
The Cyber Hymnal #681TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2178TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #8016TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #274Text
The New Century Hymnal #321Text
The New National Baptist Hymnal #134
The New National Baptist Hymnal #368
The United Methodist Hymnal #599TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #315TextFlexScorePage Scan
Timeless Truths #902Text
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #429
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #146TextFlexScorePage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #501TextPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #665TextAudio
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #164
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #521
Include 155 pre-1979 instances



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