Ave, Verum Corpus

Ave, verum Corpus, natum
Ex Maria Virgine,
Vere passum, immolatum,
In cruce pro homine.
O clemens, O pie,
O dulcis, dulcis Jesu, Jesu Fili Mariae.

Cujus latus perforatum
Vero fluxit sanguine,
Esto nobis praegustatum
Mortis in examine.
O clemens, O pie,
O dulcis, dulcis Jesu, Jesu Fili Mariae.

Hail, true Body of the Saviour,
Spotless Mary’s Virgin birth!
Slain upon the cross to cleanse us
By His pains from sins of earth.
Hear us, merciful and gracious
O sweet Jesu, Mary’s child.

From Whose side, for sinners pierced,
Water flow’d and mingled blood,
May’st Thou, dearest Lord, be given
In death’s hour to be our food.
Hear us, merciful and gracious
O sweet Jesu, Mary’s child.

J. B. Young, The Roman Hymnal (New York: Fr. Pustet & Co., 1884).

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