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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O Lord, I Am Not Worthy

O Lord, I am not worthy
That Thou shouldst come to me;
But speak the word of comfort,–
My Spirit healed shall be.

And humbly I’ll receive Thee,
The Bridegroom of my soul;
No more by sin to grieve Thee,
Or fly Thy sweet control.

Increase my faith, dear Jesus,
In Thy real presence here,
And make me feel most deeply
That Thou to me art near.

My hope in Thee now strengthen,
O Saviour of my soul,
Lest by temptation blinded,
I turn from my true goal.

And let me love Thee only
With all my heart and mind;
In Thee alone my spirit,
True rest and joy can find.

O Sacrament most holy,
O Sacrament divine,
All praise and all thanksgiving
Be ev’ry moment Thine.

John G. Hacker, Catholic Hymnal (New York: Schwartz, Kirwin & Fauss, 1920).

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Dear Sacred Heart

Dear sacred Heart,
Sweet sacred Heart,
Burning and yearning with pity for sinners,
Dear sacred Heart,
Sweet sacred Heart,
Lay Thy pierced hand in its peace on my soul.

Refrain
Heart of our Saviour, we adore, we implore,
Grace to love Thee more and more.

Heart of our Lord,
Heart most adored,
Tenderly calling the sheep that is weary,
Heart meek and kind,
Light of the blind,
Gather Thy lambs ere they stray from the fold.

Dear sacred Heart,
Pierced with a dart,
Hearts that are cold, that are dark, that are lonely,
Safe on Thy breast,
Soon may they rest;
Bring them in mercy to heavenly peace.

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

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Divine Providence

Behold the lilies of the field,
They neither toil nor sow;
Yet God doth all things needful yield,
That they may bud and blow.

Not Solomon in glory shone
Like one of these poor flowers,
That look to God, and God alone,
For sunshine and for showers.

And does his mercy value less
The offspring of his grace?
And will a Father’s love not bless
The child that seeks his face?

Oh, then away with fear and care
For all that may betide:
And turn to God in trustful pray’r,
And in his love confide.

He is our Father, and he knows
His earthly children’s need;
On all our daily wants and woes
He looks with careful heed.

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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