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.

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: 86.86

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


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