Verbum supernum prodiens, nec Patris linquens dexteram

Verbum supernum prodiens, nec Patris linquens dexteram. Thomas Aquinas* (ca. 1224/5-1274). As with ‘Pange lingua gloriosi Corporis mysterium’*, St Thomas was here taking an earlier text, ‘Verbum supernum prodiens,/ a Patre olim exiens’*, and making it his own. It was written ca. 1263 for use on the Feast of Corpus Christi. It is printed in Daniel, Thesaurus Hymnologicus I. 254, entitled ‘De eadem festivitate ad Laudes’ (‘On the same festival at Lauds’) thus linking it with St Thomas’s other great hymn on the Feast of Corpus Christi, for Vespers, ‘Pange lingua gloriosi Corporis mysterium’. It is printed in Analecta Hymnica 50. 588-9, entitled ‘In Festivitate Corporis Christi’. It has five...

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