Here at thy table, Lord, this sacred hour

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1 Here at Your table, Lord,
this sacred hour,
O let us feel You near,
in loving power;
calling our thoughts away
from self and sin
as to Your banquet hall
we enter in.

2 Come then, O holy Christ,
feed us, we pray;
touch with Your pierced hand
each common day,
making this earthly life
full of Your grace,
till, in the home of heaven,
we find our place.

Source: Celebrating Grace Hymnal #455

Author: May P. Hoyt

Hoyt, May Pierpont (late 19th century?). Disciple (?). Nothing is known of this writer except what can be inferred from the appearance of one hymn credited to this name, "Here at thy table, Lord, This sacred hour," a communion hymn written in the meter of, and printed with the tune of, "Break thou the bread of life," and apparently intended to supplant Lathbury's 1877 Bible hymn often used as if it were referring to the bread of the Lord's Supper. "Here at thy table" has been reported as early as 1889, and it has appeared quite generally in Disciple books since as early as 1905, but seldom in books of other denominations. --George Brandon, DNAH Archives Go to person page >

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First Line: Here at thy table, Lord, this sacred hour
Author: May P. Hoyt
Meter: D
Language: English



William F. Sherwin (PHH 8) composed BREAD OF LIFE in 1877 for the stanzas by Lathbury when he was the music director for the Chautauqua Institution. A good fit for the hymn text, BREAD OF LIFE is a quiet tune, meditative in tone but with a fine climax in its final phrase. Sing this tune in harmony a…

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