by Peter Cornelius (1824 - 1874)
Translation © by James B. Robinson

Unser täglich Brot gib uns heute
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Der du im Feld die Vöglein nährst
Und Speise mir und Trank gewährst,
Dir dank' ich, daß du mein gedenkst,
Mir deines Segens Fülle schenkst.

Doch leb' ich nicht von Brot allein,
Drum mögst du, Herr, stets mit mir sein,
Weil jedes Wort der Seele frommt,
Das aus dem Munde Gottes kommt.

Und Speise, die mein Geist begehrt,
Sei mir im Tode noch gewährt:
Daß Liebe einst ein Kreuz mir setzt,
Und es mit Herzenstränen netzt.


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  • ENG English [singable] (James B. Robinson) , title 1: "Give us this our daily bread", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 76

Give us this our daily bread
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Thou who the little birds doth feed
And gives to me my daily needs,
I thank Thee, that Thou thinks on me,
And to me grants full clemency.

I can not live by bread alone,
Thy nearness also would I own,
For on each word my soul doth feed,
That from the mouth of God proceeds.

That food which my soul doth desire,
For me by Thy death was procured:
That love once on a cross I placed,
Which with His heart's own tears He graced.


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This text was added to the website: 2006-06-10
Line count: 12
Word count: 86