Break Thou the Bread of Life

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Break Thou the Bread of Life,
  Dear Lord, to me,
As Thou didst break the loaves
  Beside the sea;
Beyond the sacred page
  I seek Thee, Lord;
My spirit pants for Thee,
  O Living Word.
2
Thou art the Bread of Life,
  O Lord, to me,
Thy holy Word the truth
  That saveth me;
Give me to eat and live
  With Thee above;
Teach me to love Thy truth,
  For Thou art Love.
3
Oh, send Thy Spirit, Lord,
  Now unto me,
That He may touch my eyes,
  And make me see;
Show me the truth concealed
  Within Thy Word,
And in Thy Book revealed
  I see the Lord.
4
Bless Thou the truth, dear Lord,
  To me, to me,
As Thou didst bless the bread
  By Galilee;
Then shall all bondage cease,
  All fetters fall,
And I shall find my peace,
  My All in all.
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Colette Brown

Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

Locating the lyrics to this song was a prayer answered. This hym is a direct connection to my early spiritual education. Now today I can present this hym of praise to the church!!

Truly In excelsis deo.


Anna Tai

Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Thou art the Bread of Life, O Lord, to me, Give me to eat and live and be my all in all!


Zoe Tandu

Lagos, Nigeria

I was just sitting in the living room at about past 11 on, unable to pray, so weighed down, and out of nowhere the lyrics of what I got to know was the 3rd stanza just started playing in my spirit. It's been almost 40years since I last heard and sang this song, so Ikeyed in the "oh send thy spirit Lord" on google, and as I read and sang this powerful anointed hymn over and over again with tears pouring down my eyes I was so overwhelmed by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord ! What a powerful and anointed hymn

Praise the Lord


Emmanuel Onyebueke

Ikotun, Lagos, Nigeria

He came to be the bread, blessed words, thanks for this


Damar Stewart

Spanish Town, Jamaica

For my quite time I read and reflected on John 14. As I meditated on the promise of the Comforter in verse 26 this song came in my Spirit. It's so awesome, to God be the glory.


Maggie

Willow Grove, PA, United States

This tune was on my mind as I awoke at 1:30am to attend to my aging mother. I was so happy to find it here even as only a few words came to mind.

Praise Jesus our Living Bread!


Mary

Nairobi, Kenya

Thanks a lot. I really needed that song and it came very timely.


Dr. Muagba Sampson

Kaduna, Kaduna South, Nigeria

It was wonderful to come across this timeless hymn. As I was preparing to mount the pulpit for Bible Teaching, my heart yearned for so something beyond the pages of the Scripture, this song begins to ring in my heart; quickly, I search for it and sang it over and over again. It was a blessing to my soul.


Anonymous

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Somewhat speechless, I write with tear-filled eyes. Today, the Holy Spirit brought these lyrics to mind. Though I've known this hymn for years, suddenly the meaning of each stanza became alive. The hymn, so descriptive of the joy experienced in worship as we come with a heart expecting to receive and allow the Living Word. to "splash through the canyons of our mind, like a wave on the sea"... Praise His Holy name.


Lois

Tacoma, WA, United States

I love the way Holy Spirit reminds me of song lyrics like these just when I need those very words. And grateful thoughts to my Godly parents who gave me so many hymns that are now stored deep in my mind.

The first stanza of Hymns, #806 reads, "Break Thou the Bread of Life, / Dear Lord, to me, / As Thou didst break the loaves / Beside the sea; / Beyond the sacred page / I seek Thee, Lord; / My spirit pants for Thee, / O Living Word." This hymn may have been written by the Brethren because it contains types and figures. For instance, stanza 1 says, "Break Thou the Bread of Life, / Dear Lord, to me; / As Thou didst break the loaves / Beside the sea." Stanza 4 says, "Bless Thou the truth, dear Lord, / To me, to me, / As Thou didst bless the bread / By Galilee." This kind of imagery is similar to what can be found in Brethren hymns. This hymn contains a crucial point that shows the kind of person we should be and the kind of attitude and desire we should have, if we desire to seek the word of the Lord.

This hymn also shows that the writer was not seeking mere biblical doctrine but the Lord Himself. Hence, the second half of stanza 1 reads, "Beyond the sacred page / I seek Thee, Lord; / My spirit pants for Thee, / O Living Word." Then the second half of stanza 3 says, "Show me the truth concealed / Within Thy Word, / And in Thy Book revealed / I see the Lord." The author of this hymn was not seeking doctrines but the Lord Himself in the Word.

Stanza 4 reads, "Bless Thou the truth, dear Lord, / To me, to me, / As Thou didst bless the bread / By Galilee; / Then shall all bondage cease, / All fetters fall, / And I shall find my peace, / My All in all." Everyone who seeks to prophesy, who seeks the Lord's word, should learn of the spirit and attitude demonstrated in this hymn. We need to see that we are not seeking the truth as doctrine or as letter. Instead, we are seeking the Lord of reality, the Lord Himself.