Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, The Holy Name, Matins

detail of the painting Adoration of the Name of Jesus, c.1604, University Chapel, Seville, SpainO Jesus, admirable King,
Triumphant through Thy holy Rood,
O sweetness all ineffable,
Our all desirable Good!

When Thou dost come into our heart,
Then doth the Truth within us shine,
The vain and empty world grows vile,
And the soul burns with love Divine.

O Jesus, sweet delight of hearts,
Fountain of life, of souls true light,
Who dost all earthly joys surpass,
All that man’s wishes could invite.

Jesus to know let all resolve,
For His dear love let all men pray,
And Jesus seek with hearts on fire,
And burn with greater love each day.

Thee, Jesus, let our voices praise,
And let our actions copy Thee,
And let Thy love inflame our hearts,
Now, and through all Eternity. Amen.

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