O God of Loveliness

O bello Dio, Signor del Paradiso
St. Alphonsus
Tr. Rev. E. Vaughan, C.SS.R.

O God of loveliness,
O Lord of Heav’n above,
How worthy to possess
My heart’s devoted love!
So sweet Thy Countenance,
So gracious to behold,
That one, one only glance
To me were bliss untold.

Thou art blest Three in One,
Yet undivided still;
Thou art that One alone
Whose love my heart can fill.
The heav’ns and earth below,
Were fashioned by Thy Word;
How amiable art Thou,
My ever-dearest Lord!

To think Thou art my God,–
O thought forever blest!
My heart has overflowed
With joy within my breast.
My soul so full of bliss
Is plunged as in a sea,
Deep in the sweet abyss
Of holy charity.

O loveliness supreme,
And Beauty infinite;
O ever-flowing Stream,
And Ocean of delight;
O Life by which I live,
My truest life above,
To Thee alone I give give
My undivided love.

Nicola A. Montani, St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book (Philadelphia: The St. Gregory Guild, 1920).

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O Jesu Christ, Remember

O Jesu Christ, remember,
When Thou shalt come again,
Upon the clouds of heaven,
With all Thy shining train;
When ev’ry eye shall see Thee,
In Deity revealed,
Who now upon this altar
In silence art concealed.

Remember then, O Saviour,
I supplicate of Thee,
That here I bowed before Thee
Upon my bended knee;
That here I owned Thy presence,
And did not Thee deny;
And glorified Thy greatness,
Tho’ hid from human eye.

L. J. Kavanagh and James M. McLaughlin, Crown Hymnal (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1912).

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St. Aloysius

Dear Saint, who on thy natal day
To Mary’s tender care was given,
And did beneath her gentle sway
Almost unsinning pass to heav’n:

Sweet flower which lov’d to bloom unknown,
A Saint ‘mid worldly pomp and pride;
Who at the footstep of a throne
Knew nought but Jesus crucified:

Blest youth, who cast a crown away,
To be with Christ despis’d and poor;
Teach us to walk our humble way,
Content, though little be our store.

May no repining fill our breast
Amid the ills of poverty;
Oh, make us feel that we are blest,
To be thus poor with Christ and thee!

Teach us like thee to shrink from sin,
Like thee to love sweet purity;
That we from Mary’s heart may win
The love she once bestow’d on thee.

Thus safe beneath her gentle sway,
Oh, may the grace to us be giv’n,
To pass from earth some happy day,
And join thee in the courts of heav’n.

Henry Formby, ed., First Series of Hymns and Songs for the Use of Catholic Schools and Families (London: Burns and Lambert, 1853).

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O Jesus, Thou the Beauty Art

Jesu, decus Angelicum
St. Bernard
Tr. Rev. E. Caswall

O Jesus, thou the beauty art
Of Angel words above;
Thy name is music to the heart
Inflaming it with love.
Celestial sweetness unalloy’d
Who eat Thee hunger still;
Who drink of Thee still feel a void
Which naught but Thee canst fill.

O my sweet Jesus, Thou the beauty art
Which unto Thee I send;
To Thee mine inmost spirit cries,
My being’s hope and end.
Stay with us Lord, and with Thy light
Illumine the soul’s abyss;
Dispel the darkness of our night
And fill the world with bliss.

Nicola A. Montani, St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book (Philadelphia: The St. Gregory Guild, 1920).

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Soul of My Saviour, Sanctify My Heart

Anima Christi
Rev. J. D. Aylward, O. P.

Soul of my Saviour, sanctify my breast:
Body of Christ, be Thou my Saving Guest;
Blood of my Jesus! bathe me in Thy tide,
Wash me, ye waters gushing from His Side.

Strength and protection may Thy Passion be;
Jesus! oh, hear my sighs and answer me!
Deep in Thy Heart, Lord, hide and shelter me;
So shall I never, never part from Thee.

Guard and defend me from the foe malign,
In death’s dread moments make me only Thine;
Call me, and bid me come to Thee on high,
Where I may praise Thee, reigning in the sky.

The Marist Brothers, American Catholic Hymnal (New York: P. J. Kenedy & Sons, 1911).

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O Jesus! God and Man!

O Jesus! God and man! for love
Of children, once a child;
O Jesus! God and man! we hail
Thee, Saviour sweet and mild.
O Jesus! God and man! make us
Poor children dear to Thee;
And lead us to Thyself to love
Thee for eternity.

O Mary! Mother-maid thou art
The Mother of the poor:
Mary, to thee we look to make
Our souls’ salvation sure.
O Mary, Mother dear! thank God
For us for all His love;
And pray that in our faith we all
May true and steadfast prove.

O Jesus! Mary’s Son! on Thee
For grace we children call;
Make us all men to love, but Thee
To love beyond them all.
O Jesus bless us in our work,
And all our sins forgive;
O happy, happy they who in
The church of Jesus live!

The Christian Brothers, The Catholic Youth’s Hymn Book (New York: P. O’Shea, 1871).

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Strike the Harp

Chorus
Strike, strike the harp in praise of God!
Wake the timbrel’s louder mirth!
Glorious the song must be
Of the Great Creator’s worth.

Nature in her calmness raises
Strains of gladness, peace, and love,
Man re-echoes forth her praises,
Glory to the God above.

Honor Him, ye host of heav’n!
Worship Him ye realms of love!
Not with outward form alone,
But with hearts that purely glow.

He who rules the earth, the ocean,
Keepeth silent watch o’er thee,
He can tell with what devotion,
Bows the heart or bends the knee.

The Christian Brothers, The Catholic Youth’s Hymn Book (New York: P. O’Shea, 1871).

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