O Jesu! King Most Wonderful

This hymn is sung for Matins on the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Breviary.

This is the original text as it appears in Lyra Catholica, 1849:

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.
Meter: 8.6.8.6

This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867):

O Jesu, King most wonderful,
Thou Conqueror renowned,
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 living fire,
Surpassing all the joys we know,
And all we can desire!

Jesu, may all confess Thy Name,
Thy wondrous Love adore;
And, seeking Thee, themselves inflame
To seek Thee more and more.

Thee, Jesu, may our voices bless;
Thee may we love alone;
And ever in our lives express
The image of Thine Own.

The original Latin text of this hymn (Iesu Rex Admirabilis) may be found here.

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