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New Release! Chant Compendium 8 with beautiful Gregorian chant

O Quam Suavis Est

O how sweet, Lord, is Thy spirit!
Who, that Thou might show
Thy sweetness to Thy sons,
gave us the sweetest Bread from Heaven,
filling the hungry ones with good things,
and sending away empty the rich and fastidious.

Click here for the Latin lyrics.

This hymn is short but sincere in expressing love for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. It is often used for a Benediction hymn. It makes a reference to the verse in the Magnificat, "He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away." The rich and fastidious (hard to please, picky) are those whose minds are stuck in this world, who live on a carnal plane. They are like swine, whose eyes are always on the earth, thinking always about how they will fill their belly. They find no delight in spiritual things, though such things are in fact the most rich and satisfying.

This is found on the following CD(s): Chant Compendium 1, and Chant Compendium 2.

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