Author: Karl Bernhard Garve (1763-1841) Composer: Johann Eusebius Schmidt (1670-1745)
1. Come within, come within, Of Thy church the Head to be! Speak to us the peaceful message Of Thy love. We wait for Thee, Of our covenant the author, Come, to hold with us this feast of love, From above, from above.
2. Sanctify, sanctify! Sanctify this living bread To our inward animation, As Thy body unto death Thou didst give in consecration. Let our spirit, free from worldly mind, Heaven find, heaven find.
3. Prince of life, Prince of life! Showers from Thy blessed flood Bring, and quench our souls so thirsty. As Thy sacrificial blood For us flowed in great compassion, Give us strength in all eternity True to be, true to be.
4. Be it so, be it so. Do you feel His blessed tread Drawing near to our assembly, Heav’nly gifts for us to spread, Living bread and drink to render? Streams of blessing from His hand partake, Come and take, come and take!
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!