O God of Loveliness

Tuus sum ego

O God of loveliness,
O Lord of Heaven 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 heavens, the earth below,
Were fashioned by Thy Word;
How amiable art Thou,
My ever-dearest Lord!

Were hearts as countless mine
As sands upon the shore,
All should in choir combine
To love Thee evermore.
And ev’ry heart should yearn
With tenderest desire,
And in my bosom burn
With flames of holiest fire.

To think Thou art my God,
O thought for ever 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.

No object here below
Awakens my desire;
No suffering nor woe
Can grief or pain inspire.
The world I could despise,
Though it were all of gold;
Thee only do I prize
O Mine of wealth untold!

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

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

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