Author of life divine
Author of life divine. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788).
First published in Hymns on the Lord’s Supper (1745), in two 6-line stanzas, in section II, ‘As it is a Sign and a Means of Grace’. It was included in the Second Edition of A&M (1875). It has been included in subsequent editions of A&M, and in many Anglican hymnbooks (EH/NEH, SofP, SofPE) as well as those of Congregationalists, the United Reformed Church and others. After a long period of neglect by Methodists, it was included in MHB (1933). The text in 1745 was as follows:
Author of Life Divine, Who hast a Table spread, Furnish’d with Mystick Wine And everlasting Bread,Preserve the Life Thyself has given,And feed,...
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