Catholic Hymns (1860)/Hymn to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament

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42. Hymn to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

O Jesu, it were surely sweet
To sit and listen at Thy feet,
With those who in Thy life drew near
Thy words of wondrous grace to hear.

And it were sweet to walk with Thee
Along the shores of Galilee;
Or, safe embark'd in Peter's boat,
O'er its blue waves with Thee to float.

Yet sweeter far it is to pray
Before Thine altar night and day,
And feel the love which bids Thee lie
Thus wrapt in holiest mystery.

Yes, Jesus! Thou art hidden thus
On this poor earth for love of us;
And yet, upon Thine altar-throne,
Too oft we leave thee all alone.

Ah, since it is Thy chief delight
To dwell with us both day and night,
Sweet Jesus, make it ours to be
Both night and day to stay with Thee.