Come and Dine the Master Calleth / Jesus has a table spread

This cheerful bluegrass-style gospel hymn was written by American gospel song-writer, seminary professor and Church of the Nazarene preacher  Charles B. Widmeyer (1884-1974) - ref.

It is based on John 21:6-12 when the Jesus appears to the disciples who had been fishing unsuccessfully all night, tells them where to cast their nets, and invites them to come and eat with him.

It was first published in 1907, making it public domain in the USA, but not necessarily so in other countries where copyright status is based on the creator's date-of-death.

With meter with refrain, it is set to a tune written for the text by Widmeyer and arranged by S Henry Bolton.



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1  Jesus has a table spread
Where the saints of God are fed,
He invites His chosen people, “Come and dine”;
With His manna He doth feed
And supplies our every need:
Oh, ’tis sweet to sup with Jesus all the time!

“Come and dine,” the Master calleth, “Come and dine”;
You may feast at Jesus’ table all the time;
He who fed the multitude, turned the water into wine,
To the hungry calleth now, "Come and dine"

2 The disciples came to land,
Thus obeying Christ’s command,
For the Master called unto them, “Come and dine”;
There they found their heart’s desire,
Bread and fish upon the fire;
Thus He satisfies the hungry every time. 

3 Soon the Lamb will take His bride
To be ever at His side,
All the host of heaven will assembled be;
Oh, ’twill be a glorious sight,
All the saints in spotless white;
And with Jesus they will feast eternally.

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