O Bread of Life from Heaven

This hymn about the Eucharist was from the Latin hymn O Esca Viatorum from the  Maintzich Gesangbuch which was published in 1661. It was translated to English by Philip Schaff (1819-1893).

With meter of, it is set to O WELT, ICH MUSS DICH LASSEN, which was adapted from 15th century German melody by Heinrich Isaac, 1539.


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Singer, self-accompanied on guitar:

Virtual choir, with saxophone and organ:

Singer, self-accompanied on guitar:

Singer with electronic organ:

Small choir with organ:


O Bread of Life from heaven,
To saints and angels given;
O manna from above!
The souls that hunger, feed Thou,
The hearts that seek Thee, lead Thou,
With Thy sweet, tender love.

O fount of grace redeeming,
O river ever streaming
From Jesus' holy side!
Come Thou, Thyself bestowing
On thirsting souls, and flowing
Till all are satisfied.

Jesu, this feast receiving,
Thy Word of truth believing,
We Thee unseen adore;
Grant, when the veil is rended,
That we, to heaven ascended,
May see Thee evermore.

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