Author of the Lyrics
The author of the uplifting
words of the "Feast of Love" lyrics, Edward Denny (October 2, 1796-June 13, 1889),
was born in Tralee Castle, County Kerry, Ireland and
achieved fame as a member of the nobility and hymn writer. Edward Denny was the fifth baronet, of Tralee Castle and an active member of the Plymouth Brethren, contributing to their hymnody.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Feast of Love", Hans Georg Nageli (May 26, 1773-December 26, 1836),
was born in Wetzikon, Switzerland (near Zürich) and
became famous as a composer of both religious and popular songs. Hans Georg Nageli has been referred to as "the man who taught Switzerland to sing".
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Feast of Love
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Edward Denny (October 2, 1796
to June 13, 1889)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Hans Georg Nageli (May 26, 1773 to
December 26, 1836)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Sweet feast of love divine!'Tis grace that makes us free"
First Publication Date:
Feast of Love Lyrics
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 flowed for sin,
In symbol here we see,
And feel the blessèd pledge within,
That we are loved of Thee.
But 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!