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Holy Manna 59

The Sacred Harp, 1991 (Denson) Edition

Composer: William Moore, 1825
Poet: George Askins, 1817 (1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 5th Stanzas); Southern Harmony, 1835 (4th Stanza)
Meter: 8s,7s Double (8,7,8,7,8,7,8,7)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
1
Brethren, we have met to worship,
And adore the Lord our God;
Will you pray with all your power,
While we try to preach the Word?
All is vain unless the Spirit
Of the Holy One comes down;
Brethren, pray and holy manna
Will be showered all around.


Brethren, we have met to worship,, Stanza 1
2
Brethren, see poor sinners ’round you,
Trembling on the brink of woe;
Death is coming, hell is moving,
Can you bear to let them go?
See our fathers, see our mothers,
And our children sinking down;
Brethren, pray, and holy manna
Will be showered all around.


Brethren, we have met to worship,, Stanza 2
3
Sisters, will you join and help us?
Moses’ sisters aided him;
Will you help the trembling mourners,
Who are struggling hard with sin?
Tell them all about the Savior,
Tell them that He will be found;
Sisters, pray, and holy manna
Will be showered all around.


Brethren, we have met to worship,, Stanza 4
4
Is there here a trembling jailer,
Seeking grace, and filled with tears?
Is there here a weeping Mary,
Pouring forth a flood of tears?
Brethren, join your cries to help them;
Sisters, let your prayers abound;
Pray, Oh pray that holy manna
May be scattered all around.


Brethren, we have met to worship,, Stanza 5
5
Let us love our God supremely,
Let us love each other, too;
Let us love and pray for sinners,
Till our God makes all things new.
Then He’ll call us home to heaven,
At His table we’ll sit down;
Christ will gird Himself, and serve us
With sweet manna all around.


Brethren, we have met to worship,, Stanza 6