For health and food,
for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends,
Great Architect, we thank thee.
God bless our meat,
God quide our ways,
God give us grace
Our Lord to please.
Lord, long preserve in peace and health
Our gracious Queen Elizabeth.
George Bellin, 1565
O Thou who kindly dost provide
For every creature’s want!
We bless Thee, God of nature wide,
For all Thy goodness lent;
And, if it please Thee, Heavenly Guide,
May never worse be sent;
But whether granted, or denied,
Lord, bless us with content!
Friendship and love may they bloom and grow,
Bloom and grow forever.
Bless our friends, bless this food;
Bless all mankind forever.
Some ha'e meat and can-na eat,
And some ha'e none that want it,
But we ha'e meat and we can eat,
And so the Lord be thank-et.
The things, good Lord, that we pray for,
Give us grace to work for.
(Sir Thomas Moore)
For every cup and plateful,
God make us truly grateful.
God is great and God is good,
And we thank him for our food.
By his hand we all are fed;
Give us Lord, our daily bread.
Thank You for the world so sweet,
Thank You for the food we eat,
Thank You for birds that sing,
Thank You God, for everything.
E. Rutter Leatham
Father, who fed the small sparrows,
Give us our bread and feed our brothers.
May the GAOTU bless to our use that which His bounty has provided.
For these and all Thy mercies given,
We bless and praise Thy Name, O Lord;
May we receive them with thanksgiving,
Ever trusting in Thy word.
To Thee alone be honour, glory,
Now and henceforth for evermore. Amen.
Pour tous ces dons, nous Te bénissons Seigneur,
Et pour Tes Grâces qui ont été données.
Reconnaissants et confiants en Ton Verbe,
Nous recevons Tes divines bontés.
Seulement à Toi soient l'honneur et la gloire,
Ce soir, demain, jusqu'à la fin du temps. Amen.
Attributed by Dr.
Charles Burney (1726-1814) to "Laudi Spirituali", Florence, c. 1336.