271. 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 descended,
our full homage to command.

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 powers of hell may 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 (1864)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Advent; Christian year--Advent; Holy Communion
Source: From the Liturgy of St. James
Tune Information
Key: d minor
Source: Trad. French melody

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