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Poems and Hymns of Saint Liguori

Poems and Hymns of Saint Liguori

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a collection of hymns by Saint Alphonsus di Liguori (1696-1787) extracted from his complete ascetical works. Compiled by Jerald Franklin Archer
a collection of hymns by Saint Alphonsus di Liguori (1696-1787) extracted from his complete ascetical works. Compiled by Jerald Franklin Archer

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Published by: Jerald Franklin Archer on Feb 16, 2011
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 Poems and HymnsOf  St. Alphonsus Liguori 
 (1696-1787)
A Prayer O my Glorious and well-beloved patron, Saint Alphonsus, thou who didst toiland suffer so abundantly to assure to men the fruits of the Redemption, beholdthe miseries of my poor soul and have pity on me. By thy powerfulintercession with Jesus and Mary, obtain for me true repentance for my sinstogether with their pardon and remission, a deep hatred of sin and strengthevermore to resist all temptations. Share with me, I pray, at least a spark of that fire of love wherewith they heart did ever burn; and grant that, followingthy example, I may make the will of God the only rule of my life. Obtain for me likewise a fervent and lasting love of Jesus, and a tender and childlikedevotion to Mary, together with the grace to pray without ceasing and to persevere in the service of God even to the end of my life, that so I may finally be united with thee in praising God and most holy Mary through all eternity.Amen(A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions if this prayer is said devoutlyevery day for a month.)
Taken from the 1957 edition, The Raccolta Published by BenzigerBrothers and Reprinted by St Athanasius Press 2003.
 
 
Hymns from the Way of Salvation
Let me but see Thy beauty nigh,Then, if Thou wilt, then let me die.Ah ! let me speak, great God above !Thou knowest all, save how to love;For Thou art pitiless to me,A heart that loves and pleases Thee.If, then, so great Thy love has been,Why pierce my heart with dart so keen,And leave me thus in bitter pain,Apart from Thee to pine in vain?Ah ! cruel, cruel One ! but no,Beloved! yes, I call Thee so ;Thou knowst my one, one only thoughtIs but to please Thee as I ought.Tis love thus leads my tongue astray ;Senseless, I know not what I say:That piercing dart of charityMakes me thus mad through love of Thee.Dear object of my love alone,Thou one, one only love I own;My God ! my All ! O Loveliness !My Good, my Life, my Happiness !My Treasure ! ah ! what can I do,Thy sweet and noble heart to woo?
 
Oh, speak, and tell me how I mayThy love with my poor love repay.Twere little in love s fiercest fireFor Thee to languish of desire ; Nor pain nor death could pay the debt;To be consumed were little yet.And now, since words can say no more,Accept, Beloved, I implore,This unreserved gift from me,All, all I am I give to Thee.------------------HYMN.
The Soul introduced into the Wine-Cellar, and already inebriated with Divine Love.
“ He brought me into the cellar of wine, he set in order charity in me”Cant. ii. 4
Oh ! where am I ? What cell is thisIn which I breathe an air of blissSo heavenly that I burn and pine,Consumed with flames of love divine?Who led me to this garden fair,So rich with flowers of beauty rare,Whose thousand-scented breaths impartA perfume sweet which fills the heart?A sleep unearthly calms my heart ;Vain creatures, wake me not, depart !Ah ! leave me, leave me, I entreat,To sleep yet on, in peace so sweet.

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