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 “Great is The Mystery – God Manifest in The Flesh”
Members of Christ, His Body, Flesh and Bones;
And yet we know His Flesh, the Incarnate Word
Of Mary, ever Virgin, took; thus we
Her name of Mother for ourselves have heard.
Members of Christ, and for His own dear Sake,
In Him, our Elder Brother, Mary’s sons:
Her Flesh He took to Him, His Flesh Divine
In very truth He gives His faithful ones.
O say, while mothers dear on earth are loved,
Shall our poor love to Mary be denied?
The Mother of that Son, Whom loyal hearts,
Love more than all in earth or Heaven beside.
Words: William Chatterton Dix, 1867.