Jesu, Solace Of My Soul

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1 Jesu, solace of my soul,
Gentle Mediator,
King of kings from pole to pole,
Heaven and earth’s creator,
Who can praise Thee as he ought,
Thee, the world-wide wonder,
Tell what pangs our sorrows wrought,
Rending Thee asunder?

2 Love, it drew Thee from the sky,
Love of souls that perished,
Leaving—here on earth to die—
All Thy glories cherished:
Born into the vale of tears,
There Thyself more tearful;
Toiling up the steep of years
To a height more fearful.

3 Born life’s saddest paths to tread,
Thou the world’s salvation,
Hungry, Thou the Living Bread,
In its desolation;
Thou, the fourfold river’s fount,
Paradise all steeping,
Thirsting on the cursèd Mount,
In the Garden weeping!

4 O, the depth, the breadth, the height
Of Thy love’s extension,
Jesus, O the wondrous might
Of Thy condescension;
Innocency’s purest bloom,
All Thy foes refuting,
Bearing all our sorrow’s doom,
All our sins imputing.

5 Mine the while the joys of life,
Thine its tribulation;
Mine the glory of the strife,
Thine the consternation;
Mine the banquet’s sweetness all,
Thine the self-devotion;
Thine the vinegar and gall
For Thy bitter potion!


Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10781

Author: Saint Anselm II

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Translator: Herbert Kynaston

Kynaston, Herbert, D.D., was born Nov. 23, 1809, and educated at Westminster School, and Christ Church, Oxford (of which he was sometime Student), where he graduated in 1831 (1st class Lit. Hum.). Taking Holy Orders in 1834, he became Head Master of St. Paul's School, London, in 1838; Select Preacher of the University of Oxford, 1842-43; Rector of St. Nicholas-Cole-Abbey, with St. Nicholas Olave, 1850-66; and Prebendary of Holborn in St. Paul's Cathedral, 1853. He died Oct. 1878. His Miscellaneous Poems were published in 1840, and his hymns as follows:— (1) Occasional Hymns (original and translated), 1862. (2) Occasional Hymns, 2nd series, pt. i., 1864. (3) Occasional Hymns, 2nd series, pt. ii., chiefly on the Miracles, 1866. These hymn… Go to person page >

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First Line: Jesus, solace of the soul
Title: Jesu, Solace Of My Soul
Latin Title: Jesu mi dulcissime, Domine cœlorum
Author: Saint Anselm II
Translator: Herbert Kynaston
Meter: 7.6.7.6 D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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