O Bread of Life from heaven
O Bread of Life from heaven. Latin, 17th century or earlier, translated by Philip Schaff* (1819-1893).
This was published in Schaff’s Christ in Song (New York, 1869), with an exclamation mark in the title and the Latin inscribed below (‘O esca viatorum, O panis angelorum, O manna coelitum’). Schaff noted that this came from a Latin hymn, ‘De Sanctissimo Sacramento’, found in Daniel*, Thesaurus Hymnologicus II. 369. Like the original, it had three stanzas:
O Bread of Life from heaven To saints and angels given, O manna from above! The souls that hunger feed Thou, The hearts that seek Thee lead Thou, With Thy sweet, tender love.
O Fount of grace redeeming, O River ever streaming From...
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