Can someone point me to the earliest source that contains the melody for Adoro te devote? I've checked on the Cantus Index, as well as MMMO database and have not been able to find anything on this hymn. I want to view the document. If you don't know the earliest one, can you point me to an early one? I'm guessing it would be 18th century.

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The lyrics for Adoro te devote were composed by St. Thomas Aquinas. CPDL says the following about this hymn:

Eucharistic hymn (Meter 11 11. 11 11) attributed to Thomas Aquinas, with notable English versions by J. R. Woodford (whose version is in 10 10. 10 10 meter), John Mason Neale and Gerard Manley Hopkins. The traditional tune appears in the 1697 Processionale Parisiense pp. 192-3.

Processionale Parisiense p. 192 Processionale Parisiense p. 193

See Torrell, O.P., Saint Thomas Aquinas (vol. 1): The Person and His Work, ch. VII, § "The Office of Corpus Christi", §§ "The Adoro te" for details about its authenticity.

  • thanks for the information. i'm mainly asking about the tune. i want to look at an early source that contains the melody. i read about that 1697 Processionale, but i don't know where to find it. Commented Dec 26, 2022 at 22:07
  • @R.B.Jawad I added some scans of the processional.
    – Geremia
    Commented Dec 27, 2022 at 3:22
  • Perfect! Thank you so much. Commented Dec 28, 2022 at 4:17
  • would you mind posting the rest of the hymn? Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 5:42
  • @R.B.Jawad That's all I saw.
    – Geremia
    Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 20:40

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