Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, The Holy Name, Lauds

detail of the painting Adoration of the Name of Jesus, c.1604, University Chapel, Seville, SpainJesus, of Angel hosts the pride,
A sweet hymn to the hearing given,
A wondrous honey to the taste,
A nectar to the soul from Heaven.

Who taste Thee, ever long for more,
Who drink Thee, thirst for Thee anew;
They cannot now ought else desire,
Than Him, who is their Love so true.

O Jesus, my own sweetest Love,
True hope of souls, which for Thee sigh
Sweet tears of love do seek thee, Lord,
For Thee the inmost heart doth cry.

Stay with us ever, dearest Lord,
Illumine us with Thy sweet light.
Drive darkness from our minds away,
With joy the universe make bright.

Jesus, the Virgin Mother’s Flower,
Who fillest hearts with sweetest love,
Praised and honoured be Thy Name,
And mayest Thou reign in bliss above.


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