Godhead Here in Hiding

This is a hymn about the Eucharist.   It is based on Thomas Aquinas' (1227) hymn ADORO TE DEVOTE.

This translation was made by English Roman Catholic poet and priest (Jesuit) Gerald Manley Hopkins SJ (1844-1889).

Tunes it is set to include:
  • Plainchant, Mode V
  • NO√čL NOUVELET - a 16th century Christmas carol tune


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Singer, unaccompanied:

Instrumental - organ:

Unaccompanied duet


Godhead here in hiding,
Whom I do adore,
Masked by these bare shadows,
Shape and nothing more,
See, Lord, at thy service
Low lies here a heart
Lost, all lost in wonder
At the God thou art.

Seeing, touching, tasting
Are in thee deceived:
How says trusty hearing?
That shall be believed;
What God's Son has told me,
Take for truth I do;
Truth himself speaks truly
Or there's nothing true.

On the cross thy godhead
Made no sign to men,
Here thy very manhood
Steals from human ken:
Both are my confession,
Both are my belief,
And I pray the prayer
Of the dying thief.

I am not like Thomas,
Wounds I cannot see,
But can plainly call thee
Lord and God as he;
Let me to a deeper faith
Daily nearer move,
Daily make me harder
Hope and dearer love.

O thou our reminder
Of Christ crucified,
Living Bread, the life of us
For whom he died,
Lend this life to me then:
Feed and feast my mind,
There be thou the sweetness
Man was meant to find.

Bring the tender tale
True of the Pelican;
Bathe me, Jesu Lord,
In what thy bosom ran
Blood whereof a single drop
Has power to win
All the world forgiveness
Of its world of sin.

Jesu, whom I look at shrouded here below,
I beseech thee send me
What I thirst for so,
Some day to gaze on thee
Face to face in light
And be blest for ever
With thy glory's sight.

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