1 The heavenly Word proceeding forth,
Yet leaving not the Father’s side,
And going to his work on earth,
Had reached at length life’s eventide.
2 By false disciple to be given
To foemen for his life athirst,
Himself, the living bread from heaven,
He gave to his disciples first.
3 In twofold form of sacrament,
He gave his flesh, he gave his blood,
That man, of soul and body blent,
Might wholly feed on mystic food.
4 By birth man's fellow-man was he,
His meat while sitting at the board;
He died, our ransomer to be,
He reigns to be our great reward.
Part 2 O salutaris hostia
5 O saving Victim, opening wide
The gate of heaven to man below;
Our foes press hard on every side,
Thine aid supply, thy strength bestow.
6 All praise and thanks to thee ascend
For evermore, blest One in Three;
O grant us life that shall not end,
In our true native land with thee. Amen.
Source: The New English Hymnal #269a
|First Line:||The heavenly Word proceeding forth|
|Latin Title:||Verbum supernum prodiens|
|Author:||St. Thomas, Aquinas|
|Translator:||J. M. Neale|
|Liturgical Use:||Communion Songs|