The Soul's Quest and Other Poems

by Frederick George Scott


 

HYMN

AFTER THE PRAYER OF CONSECRATION


 

WE hail Thee now, O Jesu,
    Upon Thine Altar-throne,
Though sight and touch have failed us,
    And faith perceives alone!
Thy love has veiled Thy Godhead,
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    And hid Thy power divine,
In mercy to our weakness,
    Beneath an earthly sign.

We hail Thee now, O Jesu!
    In silence hast thou come;

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For all the hosts of heaven
    With wonderment are dumb—
So great the condescension,
    So marvellous the love,
Which for our sakes, O Saviour,
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    Have drawn Thee from above.

We hail Thee now, O Jesu!
    For law and type have ceased,
And Thou in each Communion
    Art Sacrifice and Priest;

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We offer to the Father,
    In union, Lord, with Thee,
Thy precious Blood and Body
    To cleanse and set us free.

We hail Thee now, O Jesu!

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    For death is drawing near,
And in Thy presence only
    Its terrors disappear.
Dwell with us, sweetest Saviour,
    And guide us through the night,
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Till shadows end in glory,
    And faith be lost in sight.
                                              Amen.

1886.