457. Now, my tongue, the mystery telling

1 Now, my tongue, the mystery telling
of the glorious body sing,
and the blood, all price excelling,
which the Gentiles' Lord and King,
in a Virgin's womb once dwelling,
shed for this world's ransoming.

2 Given for us, and condescending
to be born for us below,
he, with us in converse blending,
dwelt the seed of truth to sow,
till he closed with wondrous ending
his most patient life of woe.

3 That last night, at supper lying,
'mid the Twelve, his chosen band,
Jesus, with the law complying,
keeps the feast its rites demand;
then, more precious food supplying,
gives himself with his own hand.

4 Word-made-flesh, true bread he maketh
by his word his flesh to be,
wine his blood; which whoso taketh
must from carnal thoughts be free:
faith alone, though sight forsaketh,
shows true hearts the mystery.

5 Therefore we, before him bending,
this great sacrament revere:
types and shadows have their ending,
for the newer rite is here;
faith, our outward sense befriending,
makes our inward vision clear.

6 Glory let us give and blessing
to the Father and the Son,
honour, might, and praise addressing,
while eternal ages run;
ever too his love confessing,
who, from both, with both is One. Amen.

Text Information
First Line: Now, my tongue, the mystery telling
Latin Title: Pange lingua gloriosi
Translator: Edward Caswall (1814-1878)
Translator: John Mason Neale (1818-1866)
Author: St Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274)
Meter: 87 87 87
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: Maundy Thursday; Church Year: Christmas; Church Year: Maundy Thursday (4 more...)
Notes: and others
Tune Information
Name: PANGE LINGUA
Arranger: Michael Fleming (1928-2006)
Meter: 87 87 87
Key: e minor
Source: Mode III
Copyright: © The Royal School of Church Music, 19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EB. All rights reserved.



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