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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Adoro Te Devote

Compare this translation of "Adoro Te Devote"

1. Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore,
Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,
See, Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart
Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art.

2. Seeing, touching, tasting are in thee deceived:
How says trusty hearing? that shall be believed;
What God's Son has told me, take for truth I do;
Truth himself speaks truly or there's nothing true.

3. On the cross thy godhead made no sign to men,
Here thy very manhood steals from human ken:
Both are my confession, both are my belief,
And I pray the prayer of the dying thief.

4. I am not like Thomas, wounds I cannot see,
But can plainly call thee Lord and God as he;
Let me to a deeper faith daily nearer move,
Daily make me harder hope and dearer love.

5. O thou our reminder of Christ crucified,
Living Bread, the life of us for whom he died,
Lend this life to me then: feed and feast my mind,
There be thou the sweetness man was meant to find.

6. Bring the tender tale true of the Pelican;
Bathe me, Jesu Lord, in what thy bosom ran---
Blood whereof a single drop has power to win
All the world forgiveness of its world of sin.

7. Jesu, whom I look at shrouded here below,
I beseech thee send me what I thirst for so,
Some day to gaze on thee face to face in light
And be blest for ever with thy glory's sight.

(Translation by ???)

w/ "Humbly We Adore You"

Humbly we adore you, Christ, Redeemer, King;
You are Lord of heaven, you to whom we sing.
God, the Mighty, you have come, bearing gifts of grace;
Son of Adam still you are, Savior to our race.

Jesus, Lord, we thank you for this wondrous bread;
In our land now dwelling, by you we are fed.
We who share this mystery in you are made one;
Ev'ry act we offer you in your name is done.

You who died to save us live now as our light;
Though our eyes are blinded, yet our faith gives sight.
Savior, now be merciful, Lamb for sinners slain,
We in grief confess our guilt; cleanse our souls of stain.

Christ, our God and brother, hear our humble plea;
By this holy banquet grant us unity.
Make us one in loving you, one in mind and heart,
Till in heaven we are yours, never more to part.

Hail, O Word Incarnate, born from Mary's womb;
Hail, O Strength immortal, risen from the tomb.
Share with us your victory, Savior ever blest;
Live more fully in our hearts; be our constant guest.

Faith alone reveals here bread of Paradise;
Faith alone may witness Jesus' sacrifice.
Therefore, Lord, as once of old Thomas gined his sight,
Now increase our feeble faith; shed your healing light.

Christ, at his last supper, breaking bread, decreed;
"This, is my body, take and eat;" heav'nly food indeed!
Then he blessed the cup of wine; "take and drink," he said:
"From this chalice of my blood, soon for sinners shed."

Now with glad thanksgiving, praise Christ glorified;
He in us is present; we in him abide.
Members of his body, we in him are one;
Hail this sacred union, heav'n on earth begun!

~attr. Thomas Aquinas, c. 1225-1274
Translation by Melvin Farrell (1930-1986) and Omer Westendorf (1916-1997)

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