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Jesu, King O'er All Adored

For The Weeks After Epiphany

Words: Jesu, Rex admirabilis, Cento from Hymn of St. Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Twelfth Century.
Matins 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.

Jesu, king o'er all adored, 
Jesu, our victorious Lord, 
Sweetness thou that speech transcends, 
Hope of earth's remotest ends. 

Coming to the faithful heart, 
Light and love thou dost impart, 
Earth's deceitful pleasures fall, 
Thou alone art All in all. 

Jesu, Lord of pure delight, 
Cleanser of the inward sight, 
Every joy thou dost excel, 
Sweetest love's o'erflowing well 

Unto thee let us repair, 
Seek thy face with earnest prayer ; 
Earnest seek thy love to know ; 
Seeking, still more earnest grow. 

Jesu, let our lips proclaim, 
And our lives confess thy name ; 
Thou our joy and portion be, 
Now and in eternity. 

Note from Shipley:

52. Jesu, rex admirabilis.  Matins Hymn, for the Holy Name, from the Breviary. Cento from Hymn of St. Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Twelfth Century. Jesu, king o'er all adored.Robert Campbell, of Sherrington. 47, 48.

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