13 December 2011

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

When it comes to old songs, you really don't find many that are older than "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence." It was written in Greek in the fourth century AD, at least 1600 years ago. Translated by Gerard Moultier in 1864, its words still ring just as true today. See the contrast and the tension between Jesus' humiliation and his exaltation in these verses.

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 wing├Ęd seraph, Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the presence, As with ceaseless voice they cry:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Lord Most High!

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