Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Sacred Heart, Vespers II

Sacred Heart of Jesus stained glass window, Saint Joseph's Cathedral, Macon, Georgia, USA; artist unknown; photographed by the author, summer 2003All ye, who in your trouble seek
A true and sure relief to gain,
Who suffer from remorse for sin,
Or, as sin’s consequence, from pain;

O come to Jesus, who Himself,
Like harmless lamb, as Victim gave,
Come to His pierced and opened Heart,
His gentle Heart, which yearns to save.

Ye hear how He doth all invite,
With sweetest words of tenderness,
“Come to Me ye, whom toils weigh down,
Or sins with heavy guilt oppress.”

Than Jesus Heart what is more meek?
See, Jesus for His murderers pleads,
And His Eternal Father prays,
Not to avenge their evil deeds.

O Heart, sure hope of mortals here,
Delight of all the Saints on high,
Attracted by these loving words,
We come to Thee with suppliant cry.

Do Thou cleanse all our dreadful wounds,
With that pure Blood that flows from Thee,
Give a new heart to every one,
Who cries to Thee for clemency. Amen.

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