Latinised Hymns

O thou who camest from above

O thou who camest from above
The fire celestial to impart,
Kindle a flame of sacred love
On the mean altar of my heart.

There let it for thy glory burn
With inextinguishable blaze,
And trembling to its source return
In humble prayer and fervent praise.

Jesus, confirm my heart's desire
To work and speak and think for thee;
Still let me guard the holy fire
And still stir up the gift in me.

Still let me prove thy perfect will,
My acts of faith and love repeat;
Till death thy endless mercies seal,
And make the sacrifice complete.


Illuminator mentium.
tibi, caelestis ignifer,
sit ara vile cor meum,
flammaque amoris occuper.

Ibi perpetuo nitens
nec exstinguenda luceat,
versusque originem tremens
preces cum laudibus vehat.

Firmes, ut mente te libens
et voce cum factis colam,
in corde scintillam tuens,
quam dator excites datam;

Testisque gratiae tuae,
cum plura fecerim bona,
(quod ultimum clementiae)
sim morte totus hostia.

MM 27–29.5.97