John E. Bode (b. St. Pancras, England, 1816; d. Castle Camps, Cambridgeshire, England, 1874) A fine student at Christ Church, Oxford, England, and a prominent scholar who gave the famous Bampton Lectures ("for the exposition and defense of the Christian faith") at Oxford in 1855, was a rector in Westwell, Oxfordshire, and in Castle Camps. This gifted poet and hymn writer published Hymns for the Gospel of the Day, for Each Sunday and Festivals of Our Lord in 1860.
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All wondering on the desert ground. J. E. Bode. [Feeding the Multitude.] One of the most popular and successful of his Hymns from the Gospel of the Day, 1860, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, the Gospel being the 25th Sunday after Trinity, St. John vi. 5. It has passed into various collections at home and abroad, including Alford's Year of Praise, 1867, the New Zealand Hymnal, 1872, and others. Original text in Lord Seiborne's Book of Praise, 1862.