Jesus, Now We Greet Thee

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. The Tabernacle of God among Men.”

Jesus, now we greet Thee,
In Thy Feast we meet Thee;
Joyous hearts are leaping,
Contrite ones are weeping.

Once, an Infant holy,
From the Virgin lowly,
Day-Spring, Thou didst lighten,
What was dark to brighten.

Once with fair adorning
Thou, the Orient Morning,
Camest with Salvation,
Won for every nation.

O the passing glory
Of Redemption’s story!
God made Man, we praise Thee,
And in hymns upraise Thee.

Joy beyond all telling,
Thou on earth art dwelling;
On Thine Altars lying,
Thou wilt hear our crying.

There, Thy Blood most precious,
Saviour, shall refresh us;
There, Thy Flesh supernal,
Feed to life eternal.

Who shall not adore Thee,
Falling down before Thee?
Who be not confessing
Bread and Cup of Blessing?

Who will dare deny Thee?
Who in scorn pass by Thee?
Faith with rapture takes Thee,
Only pride forsakes Thee.

Now from Heaven descending,
God to man is bending;
And in faith adoring,
Man to God is soaring.

Oft from darksome valleys
Troubles fill our chalice;
Blood, all price excelling,
In this Cup is welling.

Oft the bread of sorrow
From the world we borrow;
This, the Bread of gladness,
Ending all our sadness.

Laud and veneration,
Praise and exultation,
Lord, to Thee for ever,
Gift and yet the Giver. Amen.

Words: William Chatterton Dix, 1867.
Tune: TBD…
Meter: 66.66


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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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