Latinised Hymns

Love Divine, all loves excelling

Love Divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven, to earth come down,
Fix in us thy humble dwelling,
All thy faithful mercies crown.

Jesu, thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love thou art;
Visit us with thy salvation,
Enter every trembling heart.

Come, almighty to deliver,
Let us all thy life receive;
Suddenly return, and never,
Never more thy temples leave.

Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve thee as thy hosts above,
Pray, and praise thee, without ceasing,
Glory in thy perfect love.

Finish then thy new creation,
Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see thy great salvation,
Perfectly restored in thee;

Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise!


O amorum praeferende,
o caeleste gaudium,
clemens inter nos descende
confirmator munerum.

Omne scis quod patiamur;
infinitus es amor;
fac salutem nanciscamur
intra tremens omne cor.

Adsis liberos facturus
universos et bea;
templa, numquam discessurus
inde, rursus occupa.

Semper erga te geramus
angelorum operam;
sine pausa te colamus
caritatem ob tuam.

Fac novam creationem:
simus omnes integri;
iubeas salvationem
per te ratam fieri,

semper aucto dum splendore
caelo simus additi
et coronas cum stupore
demus ad pedes tibi.

MM 3–17.7.97