To Thine Altar’s Shadow Flying

This is the text of this hymn as it appeared in the Second Edition of William Chatterton Dix’s “Altar Songs.” He gives it the heading “Circumcison [Feast of]. The Morning Sacrifice.”

To Thine Altar’s shadow flying,
I have peace, O Lord, in Thee:
In the Sacrifice relying,
Wrought upon Mount Calvary:
In Thy Childhood, Cross, and Dying,
Session by the crystal sea.

Thou art priestly robe assuming,
Child, for morning sacrifice,
Since the cruel knife is dooming
Flesh to bleed in legal wise:
Cross and Passion, Death, Entombing,
All are set before Thine eyes.

Ancient sacrifices ended,
One alone the faithful plead,
Since the Master condescended
To ordain for mortals’ need
This, which elder rites transcended,
This, by which all else we read.

In the Feast of our Salvation,
In the New Law’s Banquet blest
Evermore the One Oblation
Is by faithful hearts confest:
And the Passion’s fresh relation,
Makes redemption manifest.

There the chalice brightly gleaming
Thou dost give Thy chosen Bride;
There the healing Flood is streaming,
As from Hands and Feet and Side:
Blood which Thou didst shed, redeeming,
Priceless, all-sufficient Tide.

Earnest of the great outpouring
Of that Blood which sin should stay,
Ye, I greet, sweet drops, restoring
Souls which moulder in decay:
By Thy Blood, I cry, adoring,
Jesu, take my sins away.

Words: William Chatterton Dix, 1867.
Tune:Rhuddlan” Welsh Traditional Melody.
Alternate Tune:Sieh, Hier Bin Ich” Geistreiches Gesangbuch, Darmstadt, 1698.
Meter: 87.87.87


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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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