Panis angelicus

César Franck

Panis angelicus
Fit panis hominum;
Dat panis coelicus
Figuris terminum:
O res mirabilis!
Manducat Dominum
Pauper, servus et humilis.
The bread of the angels becomes the bread of man;
the bread of heaven is given a bounded form.
O wondrous thing! The poor, the slave
and the humble man feed on their lord.

from the hymn 'Sacris solemniis', by St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)


César Franck (1822-1890)