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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
II. St. Bernard’s Hymn; or, the Loving Soul’s Jubilation.
II. “O Jesu, King most wonderful!”
By Edward Caswell (1814–1878)
O JESU, King most wonderful!
    Thou Conqueror renown’d;
Thou sweetness most ineffable!
    In whom all joys are found!
Stay with us, Lord; and with Thy light        5
    Illume the soul’s abyss;
Scatter the darkness of our night,
    And fill the world with bliss!
When once Thou visitest the heart,
    Then truth begins to shine;        10
Then earthly vanities depart;
    Then kindles love divine.
Jesu! Thy mercies are untold,
    Through each returning day;
Thy love exceeds a thousandfold        15
    Whatever we can say;
That love which in Thy Passion drain’d
    For us Thy precious Blood;
Whence with Redemption we have gain’d
    The Vision of our God!        20
May every heart confess Thy name,
    And ever Thee adore;
And, seeking Thee, itself inflame
    To seek Thee more and more.
Jesu, our only joy be Thou,        25
    As Thou our prize wilt be;
Jesu, be Thou our glory now,
    And through eternity.

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