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Panis Angelicus Lyrics and Text Translation

Composed by Cesar Franck in 1872


Panis Angelicus
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"Panis Angelicus" is from the hymn Sacris solemniis written by Saint Thomas Aquinas. "Panis Angelicus" is often treated as a separate hymn and set to music, just as Cesar Franck did. This particular composition is one of Franck's most famous works. Watch a YouTube video of Renee Fleming performing this lovely piece.

Latin Text

Panis Angelicus fit panis hominum
Dat panis coelicus figuris terminum
O res mirabilis! Manducat Dominum
Pauper, pauper, servus et humilis
Pauper, pauper, servus et humilis

English Translation

The angel's bread becomes the bread of men
The heavenly bread ends all symbols
Oh, miraculous thing! The body of the Lord will nourish
The poor, poor, and humble servant
The poor, poor, and humble servant

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