Humbly I Adore Thee, Verity Unseen   6 comments

Christ Episcopal Church, Macon, Georgia, April 3, 2011

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Original Words by Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225/1227-1274), circa 1260; English translation from The Hymnal 1940, of The Episcopal Church


1.  Humbly I adore thee, Verity unseen,

Who thy glory hidest ‘neath these shadows mean;

Lo, to thee surrendered, my whole heart is bowed,

Tranced as it beholds thee, shrined within the cloud.

2.  Taste, and touch, and vision, to discern thee fail;

Faith, that comes by hearing, pierces through the veil.

I believe whate’er the Son of God hath told;

What the Truth hath spoken, that for truth I hold.

3.  O memorial wondrous of the Lord’s own death;

Living Bread, that givest all thy creatures breath,

Grant my spirit ever by thy life may live,

To my taste thy sweetness never-failing give.

4.  Jesus, whom now veiled, I by faith descry,

What my soul doth thirst for, do not, Lord, deny,

That thy face unveiled, I at last may see,

With the blissful vision blest, my God, of thee.

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