Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence


Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly minded,
for with blessing in his hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
our full homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born of Mary,
as of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords in human vesture,
in the Body and the Blood
he will give to all the faithful
his own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the host of heaven
spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of Light descendeth
from the realms of endless day,
that the powers of hell may vanish
as the darkness clears away.

At his feet the six-winged seraph;
cherubim with sleepless eye,
veil their faces to the Presence,
as with ceaseless voice they cry,
“Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, Lord Most High!”

Words: Liturgy of Saint James (fifth century);
trans. Gerald Moultrie (1829-1885), 1864


This song is among many beautiful spiritual inspirationals. Enjoy - let all mortal flesh keep silence. :gopray:


Awesome! Thank you so much for posting it! :slight_smile:


Being that I buy a new album of John Michael Talbot’s music every couple of weeks, I, of course, purchased his “Birth of Jesus” album for Christmas, and was struck by his powerful performance of this song. I made a copy of the CD for my parents – who aren’t Catholic. :smiley:


A beautiful song, Beautiful, thanks. :slight_smile:


Dave Benson is the artist here.

Which Talbot album has this song? How does it compare to Benson’s beautiful and sensitive version?


When I was in our Diocesan Choir we often sang that hymn. It was one of our favorites.


Talbot’s version features himself plus choir and orchestral accompaniment. It begins softly and each successive verse crescendos, adding choir and orchestra to the mix. The final verses echoes the singing of the seraphs themselves. A bit more dynamic.

It’s featured on the album: “The Birth of Jesus: A Celebration of Christmas”


I paid Amazon .99 for the mp3 download.
The tempo is much faster. It too is beautiful but in a different way. I think I prefer Benson’s presentation because I am partial to piano and the simplicity of a single voice opposed to a choir of voices. The choir adds much to John Talbot. I like the crescendo. The Alleluia in the end is really powerful. Very nice :slight_smile:
I’m glad I spent the time and money for a good listen. Thanks Epistemes


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