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The Holy Communion

The Christian Sacrifice.


Nun nimm mein Herz und alles was ich bin

Angelus. 1657.

Now take my heart and all that is in me,

My Lord beloved, take it from me to Thee;

I would have Thine

This soul and flesh of mine

Would order thought and word and deed

As Thy most holy will shall lead.

Thou feedest me with heavenly bread and wine,

Thou pourest through me streams of life divine;

Oh noble Face,

So sweet, so full of grace,

I ponder as Thy cross I see,

How best to give myself to Thee.

Behold, through all the eternal ages, still

My heart shall choose and love Thy holy will;

Wouldst Thou my death,

I die to Thee in faith;

Wouldst Thou that I should longer live,

To Thee the choice I wholly give.


But Thou must also deign to be my own,

To dwell in me, to make my heart Thy throne,

My God indeed,

My Help in time of need,

My Head from whom no power can sever,

The Bridegroom of my soul for ever!

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