Lyra Ecclesiastica/First Series/Ave Verum

For other English-language translations of this work, see Ave verum corpus.


Hail, true body born, to suffer,
Of the blessed Virgin's womb,
Who upon the cross didst offer
Man's hilastic hecatomb;

Wounded heart whence flowing over
Mystic blood and water come.
Comfort to our souls recover
In the hour of death and gloom.

Merciful and gentle One
Jesu, Mary's blessed Son.