Feed Thy Children, God Most Holy

Full Text

Feed Thy children, God most holy;
Comfort sinners poor and lowly.
O Thou Bread of Life from heaven,
Bless the food Thou here hast given!
As these gifts the body nourish,
May our souls in graces flourish
Till with saints in heav'nly splendor
At Thy feast due thanks we render.



Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #599

Author: Johann Heermann

Heermann, Johann, son of Johannes Heermann, furrier at Baudten, near Wohlau, Silesia, was born at Baudten, Oct. 11, 1585. He was the fifth but only surviving child of his parents, and during a severe illness in his childhood his mother vowed that if he recovered she would educate him for the ministry, even though she had to beg the necessary money. He passed through the schools at Wohlau; at Fraustadt (where he lived in the house of Valerius Herberger, q. v., who took a great interest in him); the St. Elizabeth gymnasium at Breslau; and the gymnasium at Brieg. At Easter, 1609, he accompanied two young noblemen (sons of Baron Wenzel von Rothkirch), to whom he had been tutor at Brieg, to the University of Strassburg; but an affection of the e… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Feed Thy children, God most holy
Title: Feed Thy Children, God Most Holy
German Title: Speis uns, o Gott, deiner Kinder
Author: Johann Heermann
Meter: 8.8.8.8 D
Source: The Lutheran Hymnal, St. Louis, 1941 (tr.)
Language: English
Copyright: Tr. © 1941 Concordia Publishing House

Tune

SCHMÜCKE DICH

Johann Crüger (PHH 42) composed SCHMÜCKE DICH for Franck's text and first published the tune as a setting for Franck's first stanza in Geistliche Kirchen-Melodien. The tune name is the incipit of the original German text. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used this tune in his Cantata 180; he and many other…

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Instances

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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #616
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #599TextPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #774
Lutheran Worship #468Page Scan
Small Church Music #2848Audio
Include 2 pre-1979 instances



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