This is the text of this hymn as it appeared in the Second Edition of William Chatterton Dix’s “Altar Songs.” He gives it the heading “Daily Bread.”
Give us this day our daily bread
Ah! sweeter prayer were never said
Than this, which every day outpoured,
Makes incense meet for God’s own Board.
O not alone for bread that fails
The cry which everywhere prevails;
To strengthen for the ghostly strife,
Man needs the very Bread of Life.
E’en little children ask for this
Before they fathom half the bliss
Which they, in God’s own time shall share;
Blest answer to a Heaven-taught prayer.
O wondrous thought that while we pray
Our God to give us food to-day,
We ask Thee, in Thy love, O Christ,
To bless us with Thy Eucharist.
Words: William Chatterton Dix, 1867.