Henry O'Meara Ballads of America

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O ESCA VIATORUM!

AFTER ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
O FOOD of pilgrims faltering low!
O Bread that angel hosts foreshow,
   O Manna from on high,
Thou givest taste of Heaven's own life
To stay the craving and the strife -
   Our faint hearts hungry cry!
 
O Font Divine - o'erflowing Love,
That out a Saviour's breast above,
    A rapturing current rolls -
Sweet to our sin-parched nature streaming,
O Living Spring from death redeeming
   Restore our swooning souls!
 
O Jesus, loved in light revealed -
Though now in guise of bread concealed
   Lie all supernal rays,
Grant that this veil withdrawn may be, -
Our eyes Thy risen glory see
   Transfixed in deathless gaze!
 
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LET NOT THY FACE AVERTED BE CONTENTS AVE MARIA

 

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