Beneath the forms of outward rite

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1 Beneath the forms of outward rite
thy supper, Lord, is spread
in every quiet upper room
where fainting souls are fed.

2 The bread is always consecrate
that friend divide with friend;
each act of true community
repeats thy feast again.

3 The blessed cup is only passed
true memory of thee,
when life anew pours out its wine
with rich sufficiency.

4 O Master, through these symbols shared,
thine own dear self impart,
that in our daily life may flame
the passion of thy heart.

Source: Chalice Hymnal #406

Author: James Arnold Blaisdell

James Arnold Blaisdell was born in Beloit, Wisconsin, December 15, 1867. He graduated from Beloit College in 1899 and became a minister, then returned to Beloit College as Chair of the Bible Department and director of the library. In 1910 he became of Pomona College (California). The college grew under his leadership. In 1921 he made the decision to cap enrollment to keep the college small. He soon developed the vision of small liberal arts colleges sharing common facilities. He became head of the Claremont Colleges Consortium in 1927. Dianne Shapiro, from Anderson, Seth. "James Blaisdell-The Visionary". Claremont Conversation. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28 (… Go to person page >


BELMONT (Gardiner)

This tune has been mis-attributed to various other composers, but is clearly the work of the above-named composer.

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PERRY (Sowerby)

Leo Sowerby (b. Grand Rapids, MI, 1895; d. Port Clinton, OH, 1968) composed PERRY in 1962 at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, the site of an international peace monument and the place from which Commodore Oliver H. Perry (then a lieutenant) sailed to gain a naval victory during the War of 1812. The tune was origin…

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