Hymns of the Heart, For the Use of Catholics – 1848.

HYMNS
OF
THE HEART,
FOR
The Use of Catholics:
BY
MATTHEW BRIDGES, ESQ.
LONDON:
RICHARDSON AND SON, 172, FLEET ST.;
9, CAPEL ST. DUBLIN; AND DERBY.
1848

PREFACE.

It has occurred to the writer, as it may have done to others, that a small and cheap collection of such pieces as the following, might not be unacceptable to pious Catholics. An opportunity, in any event, is this afforded himself, of publicly expressing his poignant and unmitigated regret, for having ever used his feeble pen against that holy and Apostolic Church which by divine grace he has lately been enabled to join, after nearly eight years of labour spent in investigating her claims, and a desire throughout that entire period, that he might be mercifully guided aright by the Spirit of God into the fulness of divine truth.

These hymns and paraphrases are originals, excepting the six last, which are borrowed, and adapted to the object in view, with requisite additions or alterations. There is one amongst the latter entitled Crux Sublata, which will perhaps come home to the breast of many an Anglican convert; whose heart, racked and torn with sorrows peculiarly its own, has finally been brought into the right way by the pierced hand of an adorable Saviour, which, in conducting His faithful people from the cross to the crown, will at last wipe off all tears from off all faces.

Nottingham,
Feast of the Ascension, 1848.

Contents.
1) Address of a Christian to his soul at sunrise.
2) Latus Salvatoris.
3) Meditation
4) In cælo quies
5) Confirmation.
6) Ecce Agnus Dei.
7) Christmas.
8) Anima Christi.
9) Dona Nobis Pacem.
10) Præterit figura mundi
11) Ascension.
12) Veni Sancte Spiritus
13) Lacrymatus est Jesus
14) Ave Maria
15) Rosa Mystica
16) Turris Eburnea
17) Fœderis arca
18) Janua Cæli
19) Stella Matutina!
20) Domus Aurea
21) All Saints!
22) St. Francis Xavier
23) Dies Iræ  Dies Illa
24) Surrender
25) Crux Sublata
26) Peccator ad Christum
27) Christus ad Peccatorum
28) Sub Cruce Christi.

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