Adoro Te Devote in the morning

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by St. Thomas Aquinas

Adoro te devote, latens Deitas,
Quæ sub his figuris vere latitas;
Tibi se cor meum totum subjicit,
Quia te contemplans totum deficit.

Visus, tactus, gustus in te fallitur,
Sed auditu solo tuto creditur.
Credo quidquid dixit Dei Filius;
Nil hoc verbo veritátis verius.

O memoriale mortis Domini!
Panis vivus, vitam præstans homini!
Præsta meæ menti de te vívere,
Et te illi semper dulce sapere.

Jesu, quem velatum nunc aspicio,
Oro, fiat illud quod tam sitio:
Ut te revelata cernens facie,
Visu sim beátus tuæ gloriæ. Amen

I like Gerard Manley Hopkins’ translation best – here is the first bit:

Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore,
Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,
See, Lord, at Thy service low lies here a heart
Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art.

Seeing, touching, tasting are in thee deceived:
How says trusty hearing? that shall be believed;
What God’s Son has told me, take for truth I do;
Truth Himself speaks truly or there’s nothing true.

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  • Gayle Miller

    There are mornings – and this is one of them – when just reading your blog is a form of prayer. Thank you for your steadfast encouragement of real devotion.

  • http://www.spiritualthingsmatter.com Viola Jaynes

    Another beautiful song. I agree with Gayle, these types of posts are simply a wonderful expression of devotion and prayer. Thank you Anchoress!


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