Pange lingua gloriosi Corporis mysterium
Pange lingua gloriosi Corporis mysterium. Thomas Aquinas* (ca. 1224/5- 1274).
This hymn was described in JJ as ‘one of the finest of the mediaeval Latin hymns; a wonderful union of sweetness of melody with clear-cut dogmatic teaching’ (p. 878). It is found in Daniel, Thesaurus Hymnologicus I. 251-2, and in Analecta Hymnica 50.586, where the many references to Codexes indicate its rapid spread during the 13th and 14th centuries. Stanzas 3 and 4, beginning ‘Tantum ergo sacramentum’ are used in the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the modern Roman Catholic liturgy.
It was written by Aquinas for the Feast of Corpus Christi. He had been invited in 1264 by Pope Urban IV to produce a...
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