550. 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 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 descended
From the realms of endless day,
That the pow'rs of hell may vanish
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
Translator: Gerard Moultrie, 1829-1885
Meter: 87 87 87
Language: English
Publication Date: 2015
Topic: Eucharist
Source: Cherubic hymn, Liturgy of St. James, 4th cent.
Tune Information
Meter: 87 87 87
Key: d minor or modal
Source: Traditional French carol, 17th cent.

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