Jesu, Highest Heaven's Completeness
For The Weeks After Epiphany
angelicum, Cento from Hymn of St.
Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Twelfth Century.
Lauds Hymn, for the Holy Name, from the Breviary
Translation: Robert Campbell, of Sherrington
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), p. 48-49.
Jesu, highest heaven's completeness, Name of music to the ear, To the lips surpassing sweetness, Wine the fainting heart to cheer. Eating thee the soul may hunger, Drinking, still athirst may be ; But for earthly food no longer, Nor for any stream but thee. Jesu, all delight exceeding, Only hope of heart distrest ; Weeping eyes and spirit mourning Find in thee a place of rest Stay, O beauty uncreated, Ever ancient, ever new ; Banish deeds of darkness hated, With thy sweetness all bedew. Jesu, fairest blossom springing From a Maiden ever-pure, May our lips thy praise be singing While eternal years endure.
Note from Shipley:
53. Jesu, decus angelicum. Lauds Hymn, for the Holy Name, from the Breviary. Cento from Hymn of St. Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Twelfth Century. Jesu, highest heaven's completeness, Robert Campbell, of Sherrington. 47, 48.
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