Tune: Herr, wie du willst
A devotional song, which one can sing when presenting oneself for the most precious Supper of the Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, Thou living Bread,
May I for mine possess Thee.
I would with heav’nly food be fed;
Descend, refresh, and bless me.
Now make me meet for Thee, O Lord;
Now, humbly by my heart implored,
Grant me Thy grace and mercy.
Thou me to pastures green dost guide,
To quiet waters lead me;
Thy Table Thou dost well provide
And from Thy hand dost feed me.
Sin, weakness, and infirmity
Am I; O Savior, give to me
The cup of Thy salvation.
O Bread of Heav’n, my soul’s Delight,
For full and free remission
With prayer I come before Thy sight,
In sorrow and contrition.
With faith adorn my soul that I
May to Thy Table now draw nigh
With Thine own preparation.
I merit not Thy favor, Lord,
Sin now upon me lieth;
Beneath my burden, self-abhorred,
To Thee my spirit crieth.
In all my grief this comforts me,
That Thou on sinners graciously,
Lord Jesus, hast compassion.
Du Lebensbrot, Herr Jesu Christ
Johann Rist, 1654
Tr. Arthur Tozer Russell, 1851, alt.
Source: The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941, No. 312
German Text (coming soon)
This text originally appeared in Johann Rist’s Frommer und Gottseliger Christen Alltägliche Hauszmusik, Lüneburg, 1654, p. 32, No. 7, a scan of which is available here, courtesy of the Bavarian State Library in Munich.