Here, Lord, we take the broken bread
Here, Lord, we take the broken bread. Charles Venn Pilcher* (1897-1961).
Written in 1935, this hymn was published in the Canadian Book of Common Praise (1938), the hymnbook of the Church of England in Canada and a revision of the original BCP of 1908. Pilcher’s hymn was in the ‘thou’ form normal at that time. The first verse was as follows:
Here, Lord, we take the broken Bread
And drink the Wine, believing
That by thy life our souls are fed,
Thy dying gifts receiving.
The phrase ‘dying gifts’ in line 4 was altered to ‘parting gifts’ in The Hymn Book (of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada, 1971). This retained the ‘thou’ form, but most books...
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