Iesu Dulcis Memoria (Breviary)

This hymn is used on The Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Breviary as marked below. Part I is used for Vespers, Part II for Matins, and Part III for Lauds. It was also used for the Feast of the Sweetest Name of Jesus (Aug. 7) in the Sarum Breviary as marked Below. Part I was used for Matins and Part II for Lauds.

ROMAN BREVIARY:

Pars I

Iesu, dulcis memoria,
Dans vera cordis gaudia,
Sed super mel et omnia,
Eius dulcis præsentia.

Nil canitur suavius,
Nil auditur iucundius,
Nil cogitatur dulcius,
Quam Iesus Dei Filius.

Iesu, spes pænitentibus,
Quam pius es petentibus!
Quam bonus te quærentibus!
Sed quid invenientibus?

Nec lingua valet dicere,
Nec littera exprimere:
Expertus potest credere,
Quid sit Iesum diligere.

Sis, Iesu, nostrum gaudium,
Qui es futurus præmium:
Sit nostra in te gloria,
Per cuncta semper sæcula. [Amen.]

Pars II

Iesu, Rex admirabilis
Et triumphator nobilis,
Dulcedo ineffabilis,
Totus desiderabilis.

Quando cor nostrum visitas,
Tunc lucet ei veritas,
Mundi vilescit vanitas,
Et intus fervet caritas.

Iesu, dulcedo cordium,
Fons vivus, lumen mentium,
Excedens omne gaudium
Et omne desiderium.

Iesum omnes agnoscite,
Amorem eius poscite;
Iesum ardenter quærite,
Quærendo inardescite.

Te nostra, Iesu, vox sonet,
Nostri te mores exprimant;
Te corda nostra diligant
Et nunc, et in perpetuum. [Amen.]

Pars III

Iesu, decus angelicum,
In aure dulce canticum,
In ore mel mirificum,
In corde nectar cælicum.

Qui te gustant, esuriunt,
Qui bibunt, adhuc sitiunt;
Desiderare nesciunt,
Nisi Iesum, quem diligunt.

O Iesu mi dulcissime,
Spes suspirantis animæ!
Te quærunt piæ lacrimæ,
Te clamor mentis intimæ.

Mane nobiscum, Domine,
Et nos illustra lumine;
Pulsa mentis caligine,
Mundum reple dulcedine.

Iesu, flos Matris Virginis,
Amor nostræ dulcedinis,
Tibi laus, honor nominis,
Regnum beatitudinis. [Amen.]

Words: St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 12th C.
Tune:Iesu Dulcis Memoria” Plainchant, traditional.
Meter: 88.88

Here is a recording of this hymn sung.

SARUM BREVIARY:

Pars I

Iesu, dulcis memoria,
Dans vera cordis gaudia,
Sed super mel et omnia,
Dulcis eius præsentia.

Nil canitur suavius,
Auditur nil  iucundius,
Nil cogitatur dulcius,
Quam Iesus Dei Filius.

Iesu, spes pænitentibus,
Quam pius es petentibus!
Quam bonus te quærentibus!
Sed quid invenientibus?

Iesu, dulcedo cordium,
Fons vitæ, lumen mentium,
Excedis omne gaudium
Et omne desiderium.

Nec lingua potest dicere,
Nec littera exprimere:
Expertus potest credere,
Quid sit Iesum diligere.

Iesu, Rex admirabilis
Et Triumphator nobilis,
Dulcedo ineffabilis,
Totus desiderabilis.

Mane nobiscum, Domine,
Nos tuo replens lumine(1),
Pulsa noctis caligine,
Tua pasce dulcedine.

Gloria Tibi, Domine,
Qui natus es de Virgine,
Cum Patre et Sancto Spiritu
In sempiterna sæcula. Amen.

Pars II

Iesu Auctor clementiæ
Totius Spes Lætitiæ,
Dulcoris(2) fons, et gratiæ,
Veræ cordis deliciæ.

Iesu, decus angelicum,
In aure dulce canticum,
In ore mel mirificum,
In corde nectar cælicum.

Iesu, flos Matris Virginis,
Favus miræ(3) dulcedinis,
Decus humani Generis,
Da lucem veri luminis.

Iesu Sole serenior,
Et balsamo suavior,
Omni dulcore dulcior,
Præ cunctis amabilior.

Iesu summa Benignitas,
Mira cordis Iocunditas,
Incomprehensa Bonitas,
Nos stringat Tua caritas.

Rex virtutum, Rex gloriæ,
Rex insignis victoriæ,
Iesu largitor gratiæ,
Honor cælestis curiæ.

Te cæli chorus prædicat,
Et tuas laudes replicat,
Iesus orbem lætificat,
Et nos Deo pacificat.

Gloria Tibi, Domine,
Qui natus es de Virgine,
Cum Patri et Sancto Spiritu,
In sempiterna sæcula. Amen.

The Hymnale Secundum Usum Insignis Ac Praeclarae Ecclesiae Sarisburiensis (1850) has the following variations on the Sarum text.
(1) munere
(2) Decoris
(3) nostræ

This hymn as been translated into English as the following:
Jesu! The Very Thought Is Sweet!
Jesu! The Very Thought of Thee
O Jesu! King Most Wonderful!
O Jesu! Thou the Beauty Art

The entire hymn/poem from which these texts were taken may be found here.

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