193. 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 Lord 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 heav'nly 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 pow'rs of hell may vanish,
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
Adapter: Gerard Moultrie (1864)
Publication Date: 1990
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.7.
Scripture: Habakkuk 2:20
Topic: Jesus Christ: His Advent; Christ: Humanity of; Christ: The Light
Source: Liturgy of St. James, 5th cent.
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: PICARDY
Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.7.
Key: F Major
Source: French melody, 17th century



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