51. 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 nations' Lord and King,
once on earth among us dwelling,
shed for this world's ransoming.

2 That last night, at supper lying,
with 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.

3 Word made flesh, by word he maketh
very bread his flesh to be,
wine his blood for whoso taketh;
and if senses fail to see,
faith alone the true heart waketh,
to behold the mystery.

4 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 inner vision clear.

5 Glory let us give, and blessing,
to the Father and the Son;
honour, thanks, and praise addressing
while eternal ages run,
and the Spirit's power confessing,
who from both with both is one.

Text Information
First Line: Now, my tongue, the mystery telling
Title: Now, My Tongue, the Mystery Telling
Author (attributed to): Thomas Aquinas (1225?-1274)
Translator: Edward Caswall (1814-1878) (alt.)
Meter: 87 87 87
Language: English
Publication Date: 1998
Topic: Eucharist; liturgical: Communion Songs; Adoration (1 more...)
Tune Information
Meter: 87 87 87
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Le Recueil noté, Lyon, 1871; harm. Songs of Praise, 1925

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