This hymn is sung for Matins on the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus in the Extraordinary Form.
O Jesu! King most wonderful!
Thou Conqueror renown’d!
Thou Sweetness most ineffable!
In whom all joys are found!
When once Thou visitest the heart,
Then truth begins to shine;
Then earthly vanities depart;
Then kindles love divine.
O Jesu! Light of all below!
Thou Fount of life and fire!
Surpassing all the joys we know,
All that we can desire:
May every heart confess thy name,
And ever Thee adore;
And seeking Thee, itself inflame
To seek Thee more and more.
Thee may our tongues for ever bless;
Thee may we love alone;
And ever in our lives express
The image of thine own. Amen.
Words: St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 12th C.; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, C.O., 1849.
Tune: “King’s Norton” Jeremiah Clarke, ca. 17th C.
The original Latin text of this hymn (Iesu Rex Admirabilis) may be found here.