O Deus, Ego Amo Te (O God, I Love Thee)

O Deus, Ego Amo Te (O God, I Love Thee)
John Hawkey

I love thee, God, I love thee—

Not out of hope for heaven for me

Nor fearing not to love and be

In the everlasting burning.

Thou, my Jesus, after me

Didst reach thine arms out dying,

For my sake sufferedst nails and lance,

Mocked and marred countenance,

Sorrows passing number,

Sweat and care and cumber,

Yea and death, and this for me,

And thou couldst see me sinning:

Then I, why should not I love thee,

Jesu so much in love with me?

Not for heaven’s sake, not to be

Out of hell by loving thee;

Not for any gains I see;

But just the way that thou didst me

I do love and will love thee.

What must I love thee, Lord, for then?

For being my king and God. Amen.

 

Prayer by St. Francis Xavier

Translated by Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ

Excerpt from God’s Passionate Desire by William A. Barry, SJ.

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