God concealed

Daily Reading for April 11 • The Second Sunday of Easter

Humbly I adore Thee, hidden Deity,

Which beneath these figures art concealed from me;

Wholly in submission Thee my spirit hails,

For in contemplating Thee it wholly fails.

Taste and touch and vision in Thee are deceived:

But the hearing only may be well believed:

I believe whatever God’s own son averred;

Nothing can be truer than Truth’s very Word. . . .

Though thy wounds, like Thomas, I behold not now,

Thee my Lord confessing, and my God, I bow:

Give me ever stronger faith in Thee above,

Give me ever stronger hope and stronger love. . . .

Jesu, whom thus veiled, I must see below,

When shall that be given which I long for so,

That at last beholding Thy uncover’d Face,

Thou wouldst satisfy me with Thy fullest grace?

From the hymn “Adoro Te Devote” by Thomas Aquinas, translated by John Mason Neale in his Collected Hymns, Sequences and Carols (London, 1914).

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