New Hymn Text for the Sacred Heart
  • The Sacred Heart of Jesus

    Life of God, poured out like water
    on the barren hearts of men:
    Flood divine, like flood of Noah,
    sent to purge the world of sin:
    I am drowned in Thee, but drowning
    board the Ark prepared for me:
    In Thy emptying, my fullness, --
    Empty, I am filled by Thee.

    Rock of Ages in the Desert,
    I have come to drink of Thee:
    though I strike Thee in my anger,
    Thou provid'st abundantly:
    with each wound the flow but deepens,
    with each sin, Thy mercy grows.
    Who can strike Thee and still hate Thee?
    For Thy friends, Thou tak'st Thy foes.

    Weak and foolish, I opposed Thee,
    weak and helpless Thou became:
    From Thy Heart fresh strength is flowing
    for weak souls who call Thy Name:
    Jesus, save me, for I perish,
    Jesus, spare this life of mine:
    Heart of Jesus, meek and humble,
    Make my heart like unto Thine.

    By Thy mercy, make me humble,
    Melt my heart with love unearned:
    Let me not forget Thy graces,
    freely giv'n and coldly spurned.
    Let me not despise my neighbour,
    though his sins to heaven cry:
    Louder cry my sins, now pardoned,
    "There but for God's grace go I!"

    Grace of God, O Love past telling,
    sweet refreshment, cleansing tide:
    Hope of hopeless, Love of loveless,
    Life of meekness, death of pride:
    Love of Father, Son, and Spirit,
    burning Fire, healing Flood:
    Hidden life in Him, Whose Heart still
    yearns to shed His Precious Blood.

    Were Thy Passion insufficient,
    For Thy Blood to save all men,
    Thou wouldst gladly die another,
    Thou wouldst shed Thy Blood again:
    Thou wouldst from ten thousand mangers
    go once more to heal and teach:
    Hang ten thousand heads in sorrow,
    not for all men, but for each.
  • Kathy
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    Nice!
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  • This is truly beautiful. Are we allowed to use it? To whom do we attribute this text?
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  • I'd love if it got sung!

    You may give the text attribution to Sean Connolly (me), if you wish, but if you wish to use it uncredited, I'm fine with that, too.

    If you'd like to make an arrangement, go for it!

    I like my American hymn tunes: I had BEACH SPRING and PLEADING SAVIOUR in mind (In that order) when I was writing it. You may use whatever you like, however!
  • Beautiful! Thank you.

    I like it with PLEADING SAVIOUR very much; BEACH SPRING is also a good fit. There is something rooted-in-the-soil-strong about those tunes.
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  • RUSTINGTON is the tune that came immediately to my mind
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    In the penultimate stanza, the sixth line "burning Fire, healing Flood:" seems to be missing a syllable (there should be seven, not six). One solution would be to allocate "Fire" to two syllables (although "Fi-re" may be deprecated by some). An alternate solution might be to insert "and" before "healing", making the line read "burning Fire, and healing Flood:" ... or does anyone have yet another workaround?
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  • I can't think of the name of the tune, but we sing Daily, Daily sing to Mary to a tune which would clearly work for this. It might even have the added bonus of being immediately adopted because of being well-known.
  • chonakchonak
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    For me, it came to mind with a tune by Fr John Selner previously paired with one of Fr Faber's hymns: (PDF), (MP3).
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  • Patricia,

    Yes, I think that's what appeals to me about them. Pentatonicism just grabs me at my inmost being.

    Liam, Chris, chonak,

    Excellent suggestions all! Sing it, if you like, to any tune that fits!

    CHGiffen,

    I noticed that after posting... my preference would be "and."

    Also, in the last stanza, replacing the "Thou wouldst" in lines 4 and 5 with, "Gladly" seems to have much to recommend it.
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  • This is so nicely done, you really need to add Creative Commons 3.0 to protect it from being stolen. Seriously.
  • I will compose something for it tomorrow. I’m utterly taken with this text.
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  • StimsonInRehabStimsonInRehab
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    The second and last verses are especially stunning.
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    Here's a setting of this hymn to a tune of mine:


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  • WOW, Mr. Giffen! Thank you for taking the time to set my text to your wonderful tune! How glorious!

    Stimson,

    I think those to are my favorite verses, as well!

    ServiamScores,

    Looking forward to seeing it!!
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  • Just sang it in my head to PLEADING SAVIOUR...but proceeded to fail with trying on other hymn tunes. That said, Griffen's is rather fitting, so with permission...I may like to use it a few times myself.
  • Granted, for my part!
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    Feel free to use my setting!