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Robert J. Powell Humbly I Adore Thee

Categories
Anthems, Communion Anthems
Instrument(s)
Keyboard [organ/piano]
Voicing
SATB
Original Publication
Sewanee Composer's Project - Vol. 12
Difficulty
Moderate
Suggested Uses(s)
Description

SATB with organ. A setting of the plainchant hymn-tune Adoro te devote, text by Thomas Aquinas.  Lush and meditative.

Humbly I adore thee, Verity unseen,
who thy glory hidest, 'neath these shadows mean;
lo, to thee surrendered, my whole heart is bowed,
tranced as it beholds thee, shrined within the cloud.

Taste and touch and vision to discern thee fail;
faith, that comes by hearing, pierces through the veil.
I believe whate’er the Son of God hath told;
what the Truth hath spoken, that for truth I hold.

O memorial wondrous of the Lord’s own death;
living Bread that givest all they creatures breath,
grant my spirit ever by thy life may live,
to my taste thy sweetness never failing give.

Jesus, whom now hidden, I by faith behold,
what my soul doth long for, that thy word foretold;
face to face thy splendor, I at last shall see,
in the glorious vision, blessed Lord, of thee.

Contact

Mark Schweizer
P.O. Box 249
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
Phone 828.859.0323
Toll Free 877.822.0304

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