O Godhead (adoro Te Devote)

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.



Jesu, eternal Shepherd! hear our cry;

Increase the faith of all whose souls on Thee rely.



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 truer token.



God only on the cross lay hid from view;

But here lies hid at once the manhood too;

And I, in both professing my belief,

Make the same prayer as the repentant thief.



Thy wounds, as Thomas saw, I do not see;

Yet Thee confess my Lord and God to be;

Make me believe Thee evermore and more;

In Thee my hope, in Thee my love to store.



O Thou memorial of our Lord's own dying!

O living bread, to mortals life suppying!

Make Thou my soul henceforth on Thee to live,

Ever a taste of heavenly sweetness give.



O loving Pelican! O Jesus 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.



Jesus, whom, for the present, veil'd I see,

What I so thirst for, oh! vouchsafe to me;

That I may see Thy countenance unfolding,

And may be blest Thy glory in beholding.

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