Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Adoro Te Devote

cover to the ebook 'Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences', translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin BagshaweI worship Thee devoutly, who dost hide
Within these figures, Hidden Deity,
And utterly subject my heart to Thee,
To comprehend Thee, failing utterly.

Though sight, and taste, and touch, do fail in Thee,
Yet may we trust to what from Thee we hear;
I do believe in what God’s Son hath said,
Nought truer than that word of Truth most clear.

Upon the Cross the Deity was hid,
But here His Human Nature lies concealed,
Yet, both believing, that I supplicate,
For which the Thief from off his cross appealed.

Thy Wounds, like Thomas, I do not behold,
Yet Thee, as God, I worship and adore,
O make me with more faith in Thee believe,
And hope in Thee, and love Thee, more and more.

I now behold Thee, hidden under veils,
O grant my prayer, that I Thy Face may see,
Revealed in glory, sight for which I thirst,
To make me blessed for Eternity. Amen.

– translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, C.O., Bishop of Nottingham, England