God with Hidden Majesty (Adoro Te Devote

Author (attributed to): Thomas Aquinas, 1227-1274

Thomas of Aquino, confessor and doctor, commonly called The Angelical Doctor, “on account of," says Dom Gueranger, "the extraordinary gift of understanding wherewith God had blessed him," was born of noble parents, his father being Landulph, Count of Aquino, and his mother a rich Neapolitan lady, named Theodora. The exact date of his birth is not known, but most trustworthy authorities give it as 1227. At the age of five he was sent to the Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino to receive his first training, which in the hands of a large-hearted and God-fearing man, resulted in so filling his mind with knowledge and his soul with God, that it is said the monks themselves would often approach by stealth to hear the words of piety and wisdo… Go to person page >

Translator: Anthony G. Petti, b. 1932

Petti, Anthony Gaetano. (London, England, February 12, 1932-- ). Roman Catholic. University College, London, B.A., 1955; M.A., 1957; D.Lit., 1970. While teaching English at the University of London (1955-1968) and the University of Calgary, Alberta (1969-?), and directing in both cities vocal and instrumental groups whose members shared his tastes, he did a great deal of research into Renaissance literature and music, particularly that produced by English Catholics, and published critical editions of many obscure and fascinating works. He reached out to a non-specialist audience with The New Catholic Hymns, for which he served as literary editor and made several translations, was published by Faber Music, London, in 1971; editions in severa… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: God with hidden majesty, lies in presence here (Adoro te devote, latens Deitas)
Title: God with Hidden Majesty (Adoro Te Devote
Latin Title: Adoro Te Devote
Author (attributed to): Thomas Aquinas, 1227-1274
Translator: Anthony G. Petti, b. 1932
Language: English; Latin
Copyright: Tr. © 1971, Faber Music, Ltd.



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