Latinised Hymns

Lord, speak to me, that I may speak

Lord, speak to me, that I may speak
In living echoes of thy tone;
As thou hast sought, so let me seek
Thy erring children lost and lone.

O lead me, Lord, that I may lead
The wandering and the wavering feet;
O feed me, Lord, that I may feed
The hungering ones with manna sweet.

O strengthen me, that, while I stand
Firm on the rock, and strong in thee,
I may stretch out a loving hand
To wrestlers with the troubled sea.

O teach me, Lord, that I may teach
The precious things thou dost impart;
And wing my words, that they may reach
The hidden depths of many a heart.

O give thine own sweet rest to me,
That I may speak with soothing power
A word in season, as from thee,
To weary ones in needful hour.

O fill me with thy fullness, Lord,
Until my very heart o'erflow
In kindling thought and glowing word,
Thy love to tell, thy praise to show.

O use me, Lord, use even me,
Just as thou wilt, and when, and where,
Until thy blessed face I see,
Thy rest, thy joy, thy glory share.

F.R.Havergal

Ut loquar, mihi loquere,
tuos et imiter sonos,
ut tu petisti, Domine,
fac perditos petam tuos.

Fac deviorum te duce
pedum me, Domine, ducem;
te me pascente, Domine,
ieiunis ego manna dem.

Da robur, ut stem firmiter
in saxo per te validus
et contra fluctus opifer
dem dexteram luctantibus.

Me doceas, ut doceam
quae tu probanda impertias,
alatis verbis fodiam
multorum cordis latebras.

Da requiem mihi tuam,
tua sermonibus vice
ut fatigatos mulceam
idoneis in tempore.

Cum plenitate repleas,
dum cor hoc meum effluat
tuas laudando gratias
incendat mens, vox ardeat.

Cum non sim dignus, utere,
si quo modo subveniam,
dum tecum coram, Domine,
quiescam, ovem, gaudeam.