Adoro deuote, latens ueritas,|
te que sub his formis uere latitas.
Tibi se cor meum totum subicit,
quia te contemplans totum deficit.
Visus, tactus, gustus in te fallitur,
sed auditu solo tute creditur.
Credo quicquid dixit dei filius,
nichil ueritatis uerbo uerius.
In cruce latebat sola deitas,
sed hic latet simul et humanitas.
Ambo uere credens atque confitens,
peto quod petiuit latro penitens.
Plagas sicut Thomas non intueor,
deum tamen meum te confiteor.
Fac me tibi semper magis credere,
in te spem habere, te diligere.
O memoriale mortis domini,
panis uiuus uitam prestans homini.
Presta michi semper de te uiuere,
et te michi semper dulce sapere.
Pie pellicane, Ihesu domine,
me immundum munda tuo sanguine.
Cuius una stilla saluum facere,
totum mundum posset omni scelere.
Ihesu, quem uelatum nunc aspicio,
quando fiet illud quod tam sicio?
te reuelata cernens facie,
uisu sim beatus tue glorie.
Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore,|
Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,
See, Lord, at your service low lies here a heart
Lost, all lost in wonder at the God you are.
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.
On the cross your godhead made no sign to men,
Here your very manhood steals from human ken:
Both are my confession, both are my belief,
And I pray the prayer of the dying thief.
I am not like Thomas, wounds I cannot see,
But can plainly call you Lord and God as he;
Let me to a deeper faith daily nearer move,
Daily make me harder hope and dearer love.
You are our reminder of Christ crucified,
Living Bread, the life of us for whom he died,
Lend this life to me then: feed and feast my mind
With your sweetness that we all were meant to find.
Bring the tender tale true of the Pelican;
Bathe me, Jesu Lord, in what your bosom ran
Blood whereof a single drop has power to win
All the world forgiveness of its world of sin.
Jesu, whom I look at shrouded here below,
I beseech you send me what I thirst for so,
Some day to gaze on you face to face in light
And be blest for ever with your glory's sight. Amen.