Blest Feast of Love Divine!

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Sweet feast of love divine:
’Tis grace that makes us free
To feed upon this bread and wine,
In memory, Lord, of Thee.

Here every welcome guest
Waits, Lord, from Thee to learn
The secrets of Thy Father’s breast,
And all Thy grace discern.

Here conscience ends its strife,
And faith delights to prove
The sweetness of the bread of life,
The fullness of Thy love.

Thy blood that flow'd for sin
In symbol here we see,
And feel the blessed pledge within
That we are loved of Thee.

O, if this glimpse of love
Is so divinely sweet,
What will it be, O Lord, above,
Thy gladdening smile to meet;

To see Thee face to face,
Thy perfect likeness wear,
And all Thy ways of wondrous grace
Through endless years declare.

Source: Church Hymnal #204

Author: Sir Edward Denny

Denny, Sir Edward, Bart . Sir Edward Denny, son of Sir E. Denny, 4th baronet, of Tralee Castle, County of Kerry, was born 2 Oct., 1796, and succeeded his father in August, 1831. He is a member of the Plymouth Brethren, and has contributed largely to their hymnody. His first publication, in which many of his hymns appeared, was A Selection of Hymns, Lond. Central Tract Depot, 1839. This was followed by Hymns & Poems , Lond., 1848 (third ed., 1870). He has also published several prose works. Many of his hymns are popular, and are in extensive use as:—" A pilgrim through this lonely world"; "Bride of the Lamb, rejoice, rejoice"; “Bright with all His crowns of glory"; “Light of the lonely pilgrim's heart”; "Sweet feast of love d… Go to person page >

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First Line: Blest feast of love divine
Title: Blest Feast of Love Divine!
Author: Sir Edward Denny
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Sweet feast of love divine. Sir E. Denny. [Holy Communion.] Published in his Selection of Hymns, 1839, No. 295; and again in his Hymns & Poems, 1848, p. 96 (3rd ed., 1870, p. 66), in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. It is in common use in its original form; but much more extensively as "Blest feast of love divine." In America especially, this is the popular form of the hymn.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


ST. GEORGE (Gauntlett)

DENNIS (Nägeli)

Lowell Mason (PHH 96) arranged DENNIS and first published it in The Psaltery (1845), a hymnal he compiled with George. Webb (PHH 559). Mason attributed the tune to Johann G. Nageli (b. Wetzikon, near Zurich, Switzerland, 1773; d. Wetzikon, 1836) but included no source reference. Nageli presumably pu…

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