347. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

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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 descendeth,
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 heavenly food.

3 Rank on rank the host of heaven
spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of light descendeth
from the realms of endless day,
that the powers of hell may vanish
as the shadows clear 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!”

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First Line: Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Title: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Translator: Gerard Moultrie (1864, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.7
Scripture: Psalm 2:11; Psalm 89:5-7; Isaiah 9:1-3; Habakkuk 2:20; Zechariah 2:13; Matthew 2:11; Luke 1:77-79; John 1:4-5; John 1:14; John 6:22-35; John 6:35-58; Philippians 2:6-7; Philippians 2:12; Revelation 4:8-11; Revelation 19:11-16
Topic: Adoration; Christian Year: Reign of Christ; Christ's Return and Judgment2 more...
Source: From Liturgy of St. James, 4th cent.
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: PICARDY
Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.7
Key: d minor or modal
Source: French melody


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The flowering of English hymnody in the 19th century included the rediscovery, translation, and versification of ancient Christian hymns, such as this text from one of the earliest existing Christian liturgies. It is set here to an adaptation of a 17th-century French melody.


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