Bernard of Clarivaux
Translated by Edward Caswall

O Jesus, King most wonderful,
     Thou Conqueror renowned,

O Jesus, King most wonderful,
     Thou Conqueror renowned,
Thou Sweetness most ineffable,
     In whom all joys are found!

When once Thou visitest the heart,
     Then truth begins to shine,
Then earthly vanities depart,
     Then kindles love divine.

O Jesus, Light of all below!
     Thou Fount of life and fire!
Surpassing all the joys we know,
     And all we can desire,—

May every heart confess Thy Name,
     And ever Thee adore,
And, seeking Thee, itself inflame
     To seek Thee more and more.

Thee may our tongues for ever bless,
     Thee may we love alone,
And ever in our lives express
     The image of Thine own.

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