Scripture Verse

Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. Ecclesiastes 11:1


Words: John J. Hood, in Gos­pel in Song, ed­it­ed by Fran­cis Black­mer (Spring­field, Mas­sa­chu­setts: F. A. Black­mer, 1884), num­ber 4.

Music: Los Ga­tos, adapt­ed from Fran­cis A. Black­mer, 1884 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Hood or Black­mer (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Cast thy bread upon the waters,
Ye who have but scant supply;
Angel eyes will watch above it,
You shall find it bye and bye.
He who in His righteous balance
Doth each human action weigh,
Will your sacrifice remember,
Will your loving deed repay.

Cast thy bread upon the waters,
Poor and weary, worn with care,
Often sitting in the shadows,
Have you not a crumb to spare?
Can you not to those around you
Sing some little song of hope,
While you look with longing vision
Thro’ faith’s mighty telescope?

Cast thy bread upon the waters,
Ye who have abundant store;
It may float on many billows,
It may strand on many a shore;
You may think it lost forever;
But as sure as God is true,
In this life or in the other,
It will yet return to you.

Cast thy bread upon the waters,
Far and wide your treasure strew;
Scatter it with willing fingers;
Laugh for joy to see it go;
For if you too closely keep it,
It will only drag you down;
If you love it more than Jesus,
It will keep you from your crown.

Cast thy bread upon the waters,
Waft it on with prayerful breath;
In some distant, doubtful moment
It may save a soul from death;
Or when you shall sleep in silence,
’Neath the morn and evening dew,
Stranger hands that you have strengthened
May strew lilies over you.