O Jesus, King most wonderful (Roger Petrich)

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  • (Posted 2018-07-03)  CPDL #50365:   
Editor: Roger Petrich (submitted 2018-07-03).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 1.26 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Tune: "Hiding Place" Christian Lyre 1831

General Information

Title: O Jesus, King most wonderful
Composer: Roger Petrich
Lyricist: Bernard of Clairvaux

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1976

External websites:

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Jesu Rex admirabilis.

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O Jesus, King most wonderful!
O conqueror renown'd!
O source of peace ineffable,
in whom all joys are found:

When once you visit darken'd hearts,
then truth begins to shine,
then earthly vanity departs,
then kindles love divine.

O Jesus, light of all below,
the font of life and fire!
surpassing all the joys we know,
all that we can desire.

May ev'ry heart confess your name,
for ever you adore,
and seeking you, itself inflame
to seek you more and more!

You may our tongues for ever bless,
you may we love alone;
and ever in our lives express
the image of your own!
[Edward Caswell, altered]