596. 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 descending,
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 heav'nly food.

3 Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of Light descending
From the realms of endless day,
That the pow'rs of hell may vanquish
As the darkness clears away.

4 At his feet the six wing'd 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
Title: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Paraphraser: Gerard Moultrie, 1829-1885
Language: English
Publication Date: 1994
Scripture: ;
Topic: Adoration of God; Christ the King; Christmas (4 more...)
Source: Liturgy of St. James, 5th C.
Tune Information
Meter: 87 87 87
Key: d minor
Source: French, 17c

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