Saturday, July 21, 2012

Jesu Dulcis Memoria

This hymn, attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153) and translated by Ray Palmer (1808-1887) provides us  with a rich text to pray and meditate with.  We pray you find it also so...

O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts

Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts,
The fount of life, the light of all;
From ev'ry bliss that earth imparts
We turn, unfilled, to hear your call.

Your truth unchanged has ever stood;
You plead with all to call on you;
To those who seek you, you are good;
To those who find you, life is new. 
We taste you, everliving bread,
And long to feast upon you still;
We drink of you, the fountainhead;
Our thirsting souls from you we fill.

For you our restless spirits yearn,
Where'er our changing lot is cast;
Glad when you smile on us you turn,
Blest, when by faith we hold you fast.
O Jesus, ever with us stay!
Make all our moments fair and bright!
Oh, chase the night of sin away!
Shed o'er the world your holy light. 

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