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Keep Silence

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“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” is probably my favourite hym in church. It has a haunting melody and it sets quite a tone.

The words are here, and the melody can be heard here (it even works in Firefox, because the page uses Media Player instead of QuickTime, for which, it seems, there is no Firefox plugin as yet). I did not know before today that the words and the music originated independently. The words go back to the 4th century, while the tune is from 17th century France.

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

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

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

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

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!


Written by Curt

November 21, 2004 at 10:53 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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