Come, now, you blessed, eat at my table
Source: Singing the Faith: 695
Words: Ruth Duck
Music: “O quanta qualia” trad French adapted Thomas Helmore
Ideas for use
It has been pointed out that the use of the tune “O quanta qualia” as a setting for these words takes a little experimentation in order to marry words and tune successfully. The weight of the syllables doesn’t always match that of the tune. Another version of the tune can be found here: http://www.hymnary.org/tune/o_quanta_qualia The additional notes help Ruth Duck’s words sit a little more easily – bearing in mind an unusual emphasis on the closing syllables of lines 2 and 4 in each verse.
Alternatively, in Singing the Faith itself, the tune “Ruddle” (StF 618 – in fact another Ruth Duck hymn) works well with this hymn and would be easy for those new to it to pick up.