Break thou the bread of life
Break thou the bread of life. Mary Artemisia Lathbury* (1841-1913).
Written in 1877 (like ‘Day is dying in the west’*) at the request of the Methodist Bishop John H. Vincent (1832-1920), founder of the Lake Chautauqua Institution. It was intended as a hymn to inspire the ‘Normal Class’, in which Sunday-school teachers came together for Bible study. First printed in leaflet form with its tune (see below), it came into more general use at the Institution, and then farther afield: it was printed in The Chautauqua Carols (1877), and then in The Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with music: for use in social meetings (New York, 1878), edited by Charles S. Robinson and Robert S. MacArthur...
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