Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Sacred Heart, Lauds

Sacred Heart of Jesus stained glass window, Saint Joseph's Cathedral, Macon, Georgia, USA; artist unknown; photographed by the author, summer 2003O Heart, Thou Ark, which holdest not
The law of servitude of old,
But the sweet law of pardoning grace,
And gentle mercy, dost enfold.

O Heart, the spotless Sanctuary
Of God’s new Holy Testament,
Temple more sacred than of yore,
And Veil more profitably rent;

Thy burning love hath willed that Thou,
Stricken with open wound shouldst be,
That we may venerate the wounds,
Of Thy strong hidden charity.

With this, the Symbol of His love,
By shedding Blood and mystic Feast,
Did Christ His twofold sacrifice
Offer for us, our great High Priest.

Who would not such a Lover love?
Who, thus redeemed, would not repay?
Who would not choose within this Heart
Indwelling, evermore to stay?

Glory to Father and to Son,
And to the Holy Spirit be;
To whom is glory, power, praise,
And Kingdom for Eternity. Amen.

– translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, C.O., Bishop of Nottingham, England