O Thou who this mysterious bread
O Thou who this mysterious bread. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788).
From Hymns on the Lord’s Supper (1745), which contains the abridgement by John Wesley* of The Christian Sacrifice and Sacrament (1673) by Daniel Brevint (1616-1695), followed by hymns by Charles Wesley. This hymn is from Part II, ‘As it [the Sacrament] is a Sign and a Means of Grace’. It had four stanzas:
O Thou who this Mysterious Bread
Didst in Emmaus break,
Return herewith our Souls to feed
And to thy Followers speak.
Unseal the Volume of thy Grace,
Apply the Gospel-word,
Open our Eyes to see thy Face,
Our Hearts to know the Lord.
Of Thee we commune still, and mourn,
Till Thou the Veil remove,
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