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 “Which things are an Allegory.”
Two sticks—the Cross of Jesus Christ,
The wood of a resplendent Tree
Whereon, to set the prisoners free,
The Ransom of the world was priced.
The cake of meal— O type most sweet
Of manna sent to bless the faint!
The Food of every faithful saint,
That Living Bread, Christ gives to eat.
The oil—bright Unction from on high,
Illumining with Light Divine:
Cross, Sacraments and Grace are mine,
Are mine that I may live, not die.
Words: William Chatterton Dix, 1867.