Bread of the world in mercy broken

Bread of the world, in mercy broken. Reginald Heber* (1783-1826). First published in Heber’s Hymns written and adapted to the Weekly Church Service of the Year (1827), published after his death by his wife Amelia. It was originally printed in two 4-line stanzas with the heading ‘Before the Sacrament’. The majority of hymnbooks which include it now show it as a single 8-line stanza: Bread of the world, in mercy broken; Wine of the soul, in mercy shed;By whom the words of life were spoken,  And in whose death our sins are dead:Look on the heart by sorrow broken,  Look on the tears by sinners shed,And be Thy feast to us the token  That by Thy grace our souls are fed. This is usually for the...

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