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 heavenly 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 powers 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!"


Words: Liturgy of Saint James (fifth century);
trans. Gerald Moultrie (1829-1885), 1864

Music: Picardy (French carol as in The English Hymnal, 1906)

Meter: 87 87 87

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924      
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904      
The English Hymnal, 1906 318 Picardy  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908      
The Hymnal 1916 339 Picardy  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919      
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
228 Italian Melody  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925 147 Picardy  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 273 Picardy  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 229 Picardy  
The Hymnal 1940 197 Picardy  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 390 Picardy  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955 074 Picardy  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 231 Picardy  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965      
The Hymn Book 1971 332 Picardy  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 418 Picardy  
The Hymnal 1982 324 Picardy  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 256 Picardy  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 295 Picardy  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 061 Picardy  
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 295 Picardy  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 048 Picardy  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 497 Picardy  
Sing Glory, 1999 472 Picardy  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 309 Picardy  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 381 Picardy  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 427 Picardy  

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