Author of life divine

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1 Author of life divine
who hast a table spread,
furnished with mystic wine
and everlasting bread,
preserve the life thyself hast given,
and feed and train us up for heaven.

2 Our needy souls sustain
with fresh supplies of love,
till all thy life we gain,
and all thy fullness prove,
and, strengthened by thy perfect grace,
behold without a veil thy face.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #424

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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Author of life divine. [Holy Communion.] This hymn for the Holy Communion is from J. & C. Wesley's Hymns on the Lord's Supper, first published in 1745, No. 40, in 2 stanzas of 6 lines. In 1875 it was included without alteration in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, and attributed to John Wesley. There is, however, no evidence that it was the composition of John as distinct from Charles Wesley. In the absence of positive evidence either way the probabilities are in favour of Charles, rather than his elder brother. It is also in common use in America. Original text in Hymns Ancient & Modern and Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iii. p. 244.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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RHOSYMEDRE

John David Edwards (b. Penderlwyngoch, Cardiganshire, Wales, 1805; d. Llanddoget, Denbighshire, North Wales, 1885) was educated at Jesus College, Oxford, England, and ordained an Anglican priest in 1833. He served parishes in Rhosymedre and Llanddoget and published a collection of hymn tunes, Origin…

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The Cyber Hymnal #305
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Small Church Music #1726
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Small Church Music #7010
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Instances

Instances (1 - 20 of 20)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #424Text
Common Praise (1998) #64TextPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #281Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #57
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #258
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #596
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #395
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #55a
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #55b
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #48
Singing the Faith #572a
Singing the Faith #572b
Small Church Music #1726Audio
Small Church Music #2918Audio
Small Church Music #3576Audio
Small Church Music #7010Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #305TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #274
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #506
Worship and Song #3166Text
Include 31 pre-1979 instances



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