Latinised Hymns

O for a heart to praise my God

O for a heart to praise my God,
A heart from sin set free;
A heart that's sprinkled with the blood
So freely shed for me:

A heart resigned, submissive, meek,
My great Redeemer's throne;
Where only Christ is heard to speak,
Where Jesus reigns alone:

A humble, lowly, contrite heart,
Believing, true and clean,
Which neither life nor death can part
From him him that dwells within:

A heart in every thought renewed,
And full of love divine;
Perfect and right and pure and good –
A copy, Lord, of thine!

Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart,
Come quickly from above;
Write thy new name upon my heart,
Thy new best name of Love.


Sit aptum laudibus Dei
cor, culpa liberum,
effuso largiter mihi
cruore madidum;

aequum, submissurn, audiens,
cui Jesus imperet,
qua Christus unus sit potens
nec alius sonet;

contritum cor et humile et
fide quod integra
nec mors nec vita dividet
ab eius incola;

cor, quicquid cogitet, novum,
divinitus amans,
nec ulla labe collitum,
tuum, Christe, imitans.

Fac qualis es, benigne, me;
huc properans eas;
signes tuo cor nomine,
quod audit "Caritas".

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