My God and is Thy Table Spread / My God Thy Table Now is Spread

This is a hymn about the Eucharistic feast.

The words were written by Philip Doddridge (1702-1751) but not first published until 1755.

With meter LM, tunes it is set to include:
  • ROCKINGHAM, by Carl P E Bach, arranged by Edward Miller (1735-1807) - most commonly
  • BROMLEY by Jeremiah Clarke (1700)
  • DAS WALT' GOTT VATER by Daniel Vetter (1713).


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Small ensemble leading a congregation with keyboard and flute:

Instrumental - organ - version. Tune ROCKINGHAM


Traditional language

My God, and is Thy table spread,
And does Thy cup with love o'erflow?
Thither be all Thy children led
And let them all its sweetness know.

Hail, sacred feast which Jesus makes,
Rich banquet of His flesh and blood!
Thrice happy he who here partakes
That sacred stream, that heav'nly flood!

Why are its bounties all in vain
before unwilling hearts displayed?
Was not for them the Victim slain?
Are they forbid the children's bread?

O let Thy table honoured be
And furnished well with joyful guests;
And may each soul salvation see
That here its sacred pledges tastes!

Modern English

My God, your table here is spread, 
Your cup with love still overflows.
May we your loved ones now be fed
As Christ his peace and mercy shows. 

This sacred feast, which Jesus makes, 
a banquet of his flesh and blood! 
How glad each one who here partakes 
That sacred drink, that heavenly food. 

So let your table honoured be, 
A place of love for joyful guests; 
and may each soul salvation see, 
who here its sacred pledges tastes.

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