1 Draw nigh and take the body of the Lord,
And drink the holy blood for you outpoured.
2 By that pure body and that holy blood
Saved and refreshed, we render thanks to God.
3 Salvation's Giver, Christ, the only Son,
By His dear cross and blood the world hath won.
4 Offered was He for greatest and for least,
Himself the Victim and Himself the Priest.
5 Victims were offered by the law of old,
Which in a type this heav'nly myst'ry hold.
6 He, Lord of light, and Savior of our race,
Hath given to His saints a wondrous grace.
7 Approach ye, then, with faithful hearts sincere,
And take the earnest of salvation here.
8 He that His saints in this world rules and shields
To all believers life eternal yields.
9 He feeds the hungry with the break of heav'n,
And living streams to those who thirst are giv'n.
10 Alpha and Omega, to whom shall bow
All nations at the doom, is with us now.
|First Line:||Draw nigh and take the body of the Lord|
|Title:||Draw Nigh and Take the Body of the Lord|
|Latin Title:||Sancti, venite, corpus christi smite|
|Translator:||J. M. Neale, 1818-66|
|Source:||Latin hymn, 7th cent.|