Ring Out To-Day Your Joyous Notes

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 Triumph of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.”

Ring out to-day your joyous notes,
Sweet bells, from every Christian fane,
Our King in state is on the earth,
And angels follow in His train;
Hark, all the saints for gladness shout,
Blue incense clouds wreathe up on high,
The Word made Flesh is in our midst,
The Lord of Hosts is passing by.

Down, down, all adverse powers of earth,
Adore Him, peasant, prince, and sage,
Philosophies and schools of thought,
He comes to claim His heritage:
All Power in Heaven and earth His own,
The banners of His captains gleam,
His Cross borne forth to victory,
He comes, as Monarch to redeem.

Ye doubters, yes, the Christ is here,
The world before His Presence fails,
But will not own the Sacrifice
Which from ten thousand shrines prevails:
The foolish faith of saints it hates,
Its law is fixed,its creed is made,
But speak, O God, and it shall flee,
Thunder, and it shall be afraid.

And yet He strives not in the streets,
No voice of God the Lord is heard,
The anthems of His saints peal out,
In silence comes the Incarnate Word;
In silence comes the Eternal God
While worldings scoff and saints adore,
To day and yesterday the Same,
Unchangeable for evermore.

O conquest sweet of Jesus Christ,
O triumph of the Sacrament!
O Love which thrills the Sacred Heart,
Eternal and Omnipotent!
‘Twas not enough, upon the Cross,
That God should suffer, God should die,
The Word made Flesh is in our midst,
The Lord of Hosts is passing by.

Words: William Chatterton Dix, 1867.
Tune: TBD…
Meter: 88.88D


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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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