361. 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,
Comes our homage to command.

2 King of kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords in human likeness,
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
Spread its vanguard on the way
As the Light from Light, descending
From the realms of endless day,
Comes the pow'rs of hell to vanquish
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
Title: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Translator: Gerard Moultrie, 1829-85 (alt.)
Meter: 87 87 87
Language: English
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Redeemer
Source: Liturgy of St. James, 5th century
Tune Information
Meter: 87 87 87
Key: d minor
Source: French folk tune, 17th century
Copyright: Setting: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Reprinted by permission of Augsburg Fortress.
Notes: Alternate setting: 29

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