Therefore we, before him bending

Therefore we, before him bending,
this great Sacrament revere;
types and shadows have their ending,
for the newer rite is here;
faith, our outward sense befriending,
makes our inward vision clear.

Glory let us give, and blessing
to the Father and the Son,
honor, might and praise addressing,
while eternal ages run;
ever too his love confessing,
who from Both with Both is One.

Words: Thomas Aquinas, thirteenth century;
trans. Edward Caswall, 1849

Music: Tantum ergo sacramentum, St. Audrey

Meter: 87 87 87

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