the mystery showing
Of the living, life-bestowing
Bread before thee set.
same of old provided,
Where the twelve, divinely guided,
At the holy Table met.
clear ring out they chanting,
Joy nor sweetest grace be wanting
To thy heart and soul today;
gather up the measure
Of that Supper and its treassure,
Keeping feast in glad array.
Lo, the new
King's Table gracing,
This new Passover of blessing
Hath fulfilled the elder rite:
Now the new
the old effaceth,
Truth revealed the shadow chaseth,
Day is breaking on the night.
His own act,
at supper seated,
Christ ordained to be repeated,
In His memory divine.
now, with adoration,
We the Host of our salvation
Consecrate from bread and wine.
truth to Christians given-
Bread becomes His Flesh from heaven,
Wine becomes His holy Blood.
Doth it pass
Faith, the law of sight transcending,
Leaps to things not understood.
these signs are hidden
Glorious things to sight forbidden:
Look not on the outward sign.
poured and Bread is broken,
But in either sacred token
Christ is here by power divine.
this Food partaketh,
Rendeth not the Lord nor breaketh:
Christ is whole to all that taste.
are, as one, receivers,
One, as thousands of believers,
Takes the food that cannot waste.
evil men are sharing
One repast, a doom preparing
Varied as the heart of man.
Doom of life
or death awarded,
As their days shall be recorded
Which from one beginning ran.
Sacrament is broken,
Doubt not in each severed token,
Hallowed by the word once spoken,
Resteth all the true content:
precious Gift divideth,
Breaking but the sign betideth,
He Himself the same abideth,
Nothing of His fulness spent.
Angels' Food is given
To the pilgrim who hath striven;
See the children's Bread from heaven,
Which on dogs may not be spent.
ancient types fulfilling,
Isaac bound, a victim willing,
Paschal lamb, its life-blood spilling,
Manna to the fathers sent.
good Shepherd, tend us,
Jesu, of Thy love befriend us,
Thou refresh us, Thou defend us,
Thine eternal goodness send us
In the land of life to see:
Thou Who all
things canst and knowest,
Who on earth such Food bestowest,
Grant us with Thy Saints, though lowest,
Where the heavenly Feast Thou showest,
Fellow-heirs and guest to be. Amen.