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GRACE before MEAT.

1 FOuntain of Being, Source of Good!
2 At whose Almighty Breath
3 The Creature proves our Bane or Food,
4 Dispensing Life or Death:
5 Thee we address with humble Fear,
6 Vouchsafe thy Gifts to crown;
7 Father of All, thy Children hear,
8 And send a Blessing down.
9 O may our Souls for ever pine
10 Thy Grace to taste and see;
11 Athirst for Righteousness Divine,
12 And hungry after Thee!
13 For this we lift our longing Eyes,
14 We wait the gracious Word;
15 Speak and our Hearts from Earth shall rise,
16 And feed upon the Lord.


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Title (in Source Edition): GRACE before MEAT.
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Wesley, John, 1703-1791. Wesley, Charles, 1707-1788. Hymns and sacred poems: Published by John Wesley, ... and Charles Wesley, ... London: printed by William Strahan; and sold by James Hutton; and at Mr. Bray's, 1739, p. 34. x,[6],223,[1]p.; 12⁰. (ESTC T31323; OTA K034809.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Vet. A4 f. 254].)

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