460. Break Thou the Bread of Life

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1 Break thou the bread of life,
dear Lord, to me,
as thou didst break the loaves
beside the sea.
Beyond the sacred page
I seek thee, Lord.
My spirit pants for thee,
O living Word!

2 Bless thou the truth, dear Lord,
now unto me,
as thou didst bless the bread
by Galilee.
Then shall all bondage cease,
all fetters fall.
And I shall find my peace,
my all in all.

Text Information
First Line: Break thou the bread of life
Title: Break Thou the Bread of Life
Author: Mary Ann Lathbury (1877, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 6.4.6.4.D
Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:3; Psalm 42:1; Psalm 119:45; Jeremiah 15:16; Matthew 4:4; Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; John 5:39; John 6:35; John 8:32; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:15-16
Topic: Personal Peace; Scripture; The Word (1 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: BREAD OF LIFE
Composer: William Fisk Sherwin (1877, alt.)
Meter: 6.4.6.4.D
Key: E♭ Major


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The phrase “bread of life” as a metaphor for scripture has misled many people into thinking of this hymn as being connected with the Lord’s Supper, when its true subject is Bible study. Both the author and the composer were active in the work of the Chautauqua Assembly.


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