Adoro Te Devote
Note: The text of this hymn was composed by St. Thomas Aquinas
 

    English Version:
Adóro te devóte, látens Déitas, 
Quæ sub his figúris vere látitas,
Tíbi se cor méum tótum súbjicit,
Quia Te contémplans tótum déficit.
    O Godhead hid, devoutly I adore Thee, 
Who truly art within the forms before me;
To Thee my heart I bow with bended knee, 
As failing quite in contemplating Thee.
Vísus, táctus, gústus in te fállitur,
Sed audítu sólo túto créditur:
Crédo quídquid díxit Déi Fílius:
Nil hoc vérbo Veritátis vérius.
  Sight, touch, and taste in Thee are each deceived; 
The ear alone most safely is believed. 
I believe all the Son of God has spoken : 
Than Truth's own word there is no trucer token.
In crúce latébat sóla Déitas,
At hic látet simul et humánitas:
Ambo tamen crédens atque cónfitens,
Péto quod petívit látro paénitens
  God only on the Cross lay hid from view, 
But here lies hid at once the manhood too : 
And I, in both professing my believe, 
Make the same prayer as the repentant thief.
Plágas, sicut Thómas, non intúeor: 
Déum tamen méum te confíteor:
Fac me tíbi semper mágis crédere,
In te spem habére, te dilígere.
  Thy wounds, as Thomas saw, I do not see; 
Yet Thee confess my Lord and God to be. 
Make me blieve Thee ever more and more, 
In Thee my hope, in Thee my love to store.
O memoriále mórtis Dómini! 
Pánis vívus vítam praéstans hómini!
Praésta méæ ménti de te vívere,
Et te ílli semper dúlce sápere.
  O Thou, memorial of our Lord's own dying! 
O living bread, to mortals life supplying! 
Make Thou my soul henceforth on Thee to live; 
Ever a taste of heavenly sweetness give.
Píe pellicáne, Jésu Dómine!
Me immúndum múnda túo Sánguine:
Cújus úna stílla sálvum fácere
Tótum múndum quit ab ómni scélere.
  O loving Pelican! O Jesu Lord! 
Unclean I am, but cleanse me in Thy Blood : 
Of which a single drop, for sinners spilt, 
Can purge the entire world from all its guilt.
Jésu, quem velátum nunc aspício, 
Oro fíat íllud quod tam sítio,
Ut Te reveláta cérnens fácie,
Vísu sim beátus túæ glóriæ. Amen.
  Jesu! whom for the present veiled I see, 
What I so thirst for, oh, vouchasafe to me : 
That I may see Thy countenance unfolding, 
And may be blest Thy glory in beholding. Amen.

 

 

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