Latinised Hymns

Father of mercies, in thy word

Father of mercies, in thy word
What endless glory shines!
For ever be thy name adored
For these celestial lines.

Here may the blind and hungry come,
And light and food receive;
Here shall the lowliest guest have room,
And taste and see and live.

Here springs of consolation rise
To cheer the fainting mind,
And thirsting souls receive supplies,
And sweet refreshment find.

Here the Redeemer's welcome voice
Spreads heavenly peace around,
And life and everlasting joys
Attend the blissful sound.

O may these heavenly pages be
My ever dear delight,
And still new beauties may I see,
And still increasing light.

Divine instructor, gracious Lord,
Be thou for ever near;
Teach me to love thy sacred word,
And view my Saviour here.

Anne Steele

Verbi, Pater clemens tui,
qui fulgor et decus!
Pro his sit gloria tibi
supernis versibus.

Hinc caecus, hinc esuriens
levamen auferat;
hic est quod hospites alens
omnes accipiat.

Sunt fontes hic solacii
lassarum mentium
et sitientis animi
perenne poculum.

Caeleste vox Dominica
hic spargit otium
demptoque fine gaudia
sequuntur hunc sonum.

His paginis dum gaudeam
semper caelestibus,
novum decus reperiam
et lumen amplius.

Divine Doctor, Domine,
prope adsis o! mihi;
amari verbum hic iube
Christumque conspici.