Here at Thy Table, Lord, We Meet
DESCRIPTION: At the communion table, "Thy body is the bread we eat, Thy precious blood the wine." Christ's "bitter torments" are recounted. "Well thou mayest claim that heart of me, Which owes so much to thine"
AUTHOR: Probably Samuel Stennett
EARLIEST DATE: 1787 (Rippon's _Selection_, according to Julian)
KEYWORDS: ritual nonballad religious Jesus
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ADDITIONAL: C.G. Sommers and John L. Dagg, The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts arranged by Dr Rippon (Philadelphia: David Clark, 1839 ("Digitized by Internet Archive")) #1201 ("Here at thy table long we meet") (1 text)
Rosa and Joseph Murray, "Here at Thy Table, Lord, We Meet" (on USSeaIsland03)
NOTES [96 words]: The Murrays say this hymn is sung very slowly at communion. - BS
Sommers and Dagg attribute this to Isaac Watts, but John Julian, editor, A Dictionary of Hymnology, 1892; second edition 1907 (I use the 1957 Dover edition in two volumes),p. 1092, attributes it to Samuel Stennett (1727?-1795). Internet sources list the same author. So I have followed that.
The confusion probably arises because Rippon's 1787 work in which the poem appears is entitled A selection of Hymns from the best authors, intended as an Appendix to Dr. Watt's Psalms and Hymns (Julian, p. 964). - RBW
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