Let Every Heart Exulting Beat

This hymn was used for Vespers I & II of the Feast of the Sweetest Name of Jesus (Aug. 7) in the Sarum Breviary. From what I can find, the hymn originated somewhere in 15th Century England.

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

Let every heart exulting beat
With joy at Jesu’s Name of bliss;
With every pure delight replete,
And passing sweet its music is.

Jesus the comfortless consoles;
Jesus each sinful fever quells;
Jesus the power of hell controls;
Jesus each deadly foe repels.

O speak His glorious Name abroad!
Jesus let every tongue confess;
Let every heart and voice accord
The Healer of our souls to bless.

Jesu, the sinner’s Friend, abide
With us, and hearken to our prayer;
Thy frail and erring wanderers guide,
In mercy our transgressions spare.

All might, all glory be to Thee,
Refulgent with this Name Divine;
All honour, worship, majesty,
Jesu, for evermore be Thine! Amen.

Words: Anonymous, 15th C., tr. John David Chambers, 19th C., alt.
Tune: “Abends” Herbert S. Oakeley, 1873 .

The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.


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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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