452. Let all mortal flesh keep silence

1 Let all mortal flesh keep silence
and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly-minded,
for with blessing in his hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
our full homage to demand.

2 King of kings, yet born of Mary,
as of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture —
in the body and the blood —
he will give to all the faithful
his own self for heavenly food.

3 Rank on rank the host of heaven
spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of light descendeth
from the realms of endless day,
that the powers of hell may vanish
as the darkness clears away.

4 At his feet the six-winged seraph;
cherubim with sleepless eye
veil their faces to the Presence,
as with ceaseless voice they cry,
Alleluia, alleluia,
alleluia, Lord most high.

Text Information
First Line: Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Greek Title: Σιγησάτω πασα σὰρξ βροτεία
Versifier: Gerard Moultrie (1829-1885)
Translator: J. Μ. Neale
Translator: R. F. Littledale
Meter: 87 87 87
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: Adoration; Angels; Heaven (7 more...)
Source: Based on the translation of J. M. Neale and R. F. Littledale
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Meter: 87 87 87
Key: d minor
Source: French carol melody in Chansons Populaires Vol.4, Paris, 1860
Copyright: From The English Hymnal, 1906, Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

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