Author of the Lyrics
The author of the lovely
words of the "Bread of Life" lyrics, Mary Artemisia Lathbury (August 10, 1841-October 20, 1913),
was born in Manchester, New York, United States and
achieved fame as a Methodist hymn writer, poet and author.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Bread of Life", William Fiske Sherwin (March 14, 1826-April 14, 1888),
was born in Buckland, Massachusetts, United States and
became famous as a singing teacher, musical editor, musician and composer.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Bread of Life
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Mary Artemisia Lathbury (August 10, 1841
to October 20, 1913)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: William Fiske Sherwin (March 14, 1826 to
April 14, 1888)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Break Thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me, As Thou didst break the loaves beside the sea"
First Publication Date:
Bread of Life Lyrics
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!
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.
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.
O 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.