John Newton, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol.1, hymn 16
|The manna favored Israel's meat,|
Was gathered day by day;
When all the host was served, the heat
Melted the rest away.
2. In vain to hoard it up they tried,
3. 'Twas daily bread and would not keep,
|4. The truths by which the soul is fed,|
Must thus be had afresh;
For notions resting in the head,
Will only feed the flesh.
5. However true, they have no life,
6. Nor can the best experience past,
|7. Dear Lord, while we in prayer are found,|
Do thou the Manna give;
O! let it fall on all around,
That we may eat and live.