621. 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 descending
Comes our 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 descending
From the realms of endless day,
Comes the pow'rs of hell to 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, 1829-85
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 87 87 87
Scripture: Acts 1:10-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Luke 2:8-15
Topic: The Lord's Supper
Source: Liturgy of St. James, 5th cent.
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: PICARDY
Meter: 87 87 87
Key: d minor or modal
Source: French, 17th cent.



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