Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, The Finding of the Child Jesus, Matins

O Jesus, Teacher of all hearts,
Thou fillest all with sweetest light,
Who truly seek Thee, and who then
Find Thee with gladness and delight.

Bethink Thee of that joy supreme,
Which to Thy Virgin Mother’s heart,
And to the heart of her dear Spouse,
Thou didst so lovingly impart.

No tongue of ours can ever tell,
Our minds to know are all too weak,
What grief doth pierce their loving hearts,
The while their only Son they seek.

O Son, by Thy dear parents lost,
How dost thou make their joys abound,
When, sitting in the Temple, Thou
Art with the Doctors teaching found.

If, to us wanderers on earth,
Error hath caused calamity,
Make us to seek Thee as we ought,
And to rejoice in finding Thee.

Who art revealed to anxious ones,
O Jesus, glory be to Thee,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
Ever throughout Eternity. Amen.

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