495. Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior, Thee

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1 Thee we adore, O hidden Savior, thee,
who at this blessed feast art pleased to be;
both flesh and spirit in thy presence fail,
yet here thy presence we devoutly hail.

2 O blest memorial of our dying Lord,
who living bread to all doth here afford!
O may our souls forever feed on thee,
and thou, O Christ, forever precious be!

3 Fountain of goodness, Jesus, Lord and God,
cleanse us, unclean, with thy most cleansing blood;
increase our faith and love, that we may know
the hope and peace which from thy presence flow.

4 O Christ, whom now beneath a veil we see,
may what we thirst for soon our portion be,
to gaze on thee unveiled, and see thy face,
the vision of thy glory and thy grace.

Text Information
First Line: Thee we adore, O hidden Savior, thee
Title: Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior, Thee
Author (attributed to): Thomas Aquinas (13th cent.)
Translator: James Russell Woodford (1850)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Christian Year: Reign of Christ; Eucharist; Forgiveness (3 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Key: D Major
Source: Processionale, 1697

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Originally conceived as a private prayer of preparation and set out in seven four-line stanzas in Latin, this text has been the inspiration for many English hymn versions, including this one by an English bishop. The fairly late plainsong tune moves toward modern tonalities.

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