Adoro te devote, latens Deitas
Adoro te devote, latens Deitas. Thomas Aquinas* (ca. 1224/5-1274).
This hymn is of uncertain date, but St Thomas Aquinas is known to have been writing on the Eucharist during his second stay in Paris, and it may therefore have been written ca. 1260. It is ascribed to Thomas Aquinas in the majority of manuscript witnesses, many of which are associated with Naples and/or with Dominicans. The hymn did not enter liturgical use during the middle ages, although its focus is the Eucharist. Instead, it had a private, devotional purpose, as John Mason Neale* indicates in a note to his translation in Mediaeval Hymns and Sequences (1851), ‘Humbly I adore Thee, hidden Deity’. More recently, Wielockx...
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