O Jesu, Lord, Most Mighty King
For The Weeks After Epiphany
Words: Jesu, Rex admirabilis, Cento from Hymn of St. Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Twelfth Century.
Translation: Very Rev. Prior James A. Dominic Aylward, Order of Preachers, 1843-1850.
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), p. 46.
O Jesu, Lord, most mighty king And conqueror divine, Sweetness unspeakable, for whom Our souls unceasing pine. When thou art in my heart, the world With its vain pomp decays ; Bright shines the truth, and love lights up Its ready kindled blaze. Jesu, thou sweetness of all hearts, Thou living spring of light, So far exceeding all desire, All joys of sense or sight. Ah, sweetest Jesu, let me feel The fulness of thy love ; Cleanse thou mine eyes to see thy face In thy bright courts above. O Jesu, brighter than the sun, Balm with all healing blest, Of all things sweet, of all things fair, Thou sweetest, fairest, best.
Note from Shipley:
49. Jesu, rex admirabilis. Matins Hymn, for the Holy Name, from the Breviary. Cento from Hymn of St. Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Twelfth Century. O Jesu, Lord, most mighty king. Very Rev. Prior James A. Dominic Aylward, Order of Preachers, 1843-1850. 45, 46.