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 “Corpus Christi, or Eucharist Thursday. Hymn in Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.”
Here we adore Thee, Jesus Christ most Holy,
Here in this feast of blessed, high thanksgiving;
Thou who dost feed the penitent and lowly,
O that our hearts with love of Thee were burning,
Fixed on that Heart which ever loves so dearly;
Thee, in this Sacrament of love discerning
Ever more clearly.
Lo! from this Altar comes the Bread Eternal,
Bread made whole Christ, by word of Jesus spoken
Give unto us, dear Lord, this Food supernal,
Thy Body broken.
See, from the Chalice, streams of Life are bursting,
Streams in the desert springing to refresh us;
Lord, that for this our souls were always thirsting,
Thy Blood most precious.
Hail! Banquet sweet, the Pledge of man’s salvation,
Fruit of the Passion, pardon free bestowing;
Hail! Grace Divine, forth from the Incarnation,
Here ever flowing. Amen.
Words: William Chatterton Dix, 1867.