Humbly We Adore You

Author: Melvin L. Farrell

(no biographical information available about Melvin L. Farrell.) Go to person page >

Author (attributed to): Thomas Aquinas

Thomas of Aquino, confessor and doctor, commonly called The Angelical Doctor, “on account of," says Dom Gueranger, "the extraordinary gift of understanding wherewith God had blessed him," was born of noble parents, his father being Landulph, Count of Aquino, and his mother a rich Neapolitan lady, named Theodora. The exact date of his birth is not known, but most trustworthy authorities give it as 1227. At the age of five he was sent to the Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino to receive his first training, which in the hands of a large-hearted and God-fearing man, resulted in so filling his mind with knowledge and his soul with God, that it is said the monks themselves would often approach by stealth to hear the words of piety and wisdo… Go to person page >

Translator (vss. 5-8): Omer Westendorf

Omer Westendorf, one of the earliest lyricists for Roman Catholic liturgical music in English, died on October 22, 1997, at the age of eighty-one. Born on February 24, 1916, Omer got his start in music publishing after World War II, when he brought home for his parish choir in Cincinnati some of the Mass settings he had discovered in Holland. Interest in the new music being published in Europe led to his creation of the World Library of Sacred Music, initially a music-importing firm that brought much of this new European repertoire to U.S. parishes. Operating out of a garage in those early years, Omer often joked about the surprised expressions of visitors who stopped by and found a wide range of sheet music in various states of “stora… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Humbly we adore thee, Christ Redeemer King
Title: Humbly We Adore You
Latin Title: Adoro te devote
Author: Melvin L. Farrell
Author (attributed to): Thomas Aquinas
Translator (vss. 5-8): Omer Westendorf
Meter: 6.5.6.5 D
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Love has gathered us together
Copyright: Tr. © 1955, 1961, 1964, WLP

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