Arr.  Scott (Carl Fischer-ASCAP)

This somber yet majestic hymn is reminiscent of the prophet Malachi's words, "But who may abide the day of his coming?" (Malachi: 3:2) It is widely used both as an Advent and Communion hymn. The unusual final cadence makes use of the ancient Hypomixolydian mode.

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
Rank on rank the host of heaven
And with fear and trembling stand;
Spreads its vanguard on the way;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
As the Light of light descendeth
For, with blessing in his hand
From the realms of endless day,
Christ, our God, to earth descendeth,
That the powers of hell may vanish
Our full homage to demand.


As the darkness clears away.
King of kings, yet born of Mary,
At his feet the sixwinged seraph,
As of old on earth he stood,
Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
Veil their faces to the Presence,
In the body and the blood,
As with ceaseless voice they cry:
He will give to all the faithful
"Aileluia! Alleluia!
His own self for heav' nly food.
Alleluia! Lord Most High!"

Text: Liturgy of St. James Trans. Gerard Moultire, 18O4

Tune: French carol melody