O Jesus, King Most Wonderful

O Jesus, King Most Wonderful!
O Conqueror renowned!
O Source of peace ineffable,
In whom all joys are found:

When once you visit darkened hearts,
Then truth begins to shine,
then earthly vanity departs,
Then kindles love divine.

O Jesus, light of all below,
The fount of life and fire,
Surpassing all the joys we know,
All that we can desire:

May every heart confess your name,
Forever you adore,
And seeking you, itself inflame
To seek you more and more!

You may our tongues forever bless;
You may we love alone
And ever in our lives express
The image of your own!
~ Bernard of Clairvoux, 1091-1153
tr. Edward Caswall, 1814-1878
#537 in Lutheran Book of Worship

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