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All ye who seek a certain cure
in trouble and distress,
whatever sorrow vex the mind,
or guilt the soul oppress:
Jesus, who gave himself for you
upon the Cross to die,
opens to you his sacred heart:
O to that heart draw nigh!
Ye hear how kindly he invites;
ye hear his words so blest;
"All ye that labor, come to me,
and I will give you rest."
What meeker than the Savior's heart?
As on the cross he lay,
it did his murderers forgive,
and for their pardon pray.
O heart! thou joy of saints on high!
thou hope of sinners here!
Attracted by those loving words,
to thee I lift my prayer.
Wash thou my wounds in that dear blood
which forth from thee doth flow;
new grace, new hope inspire;
a new and better heart bestow.
Original translation of by Caswall in , 1849. It was modified to by the editors of .
Latin, probably 18th century, trans. (1814-1878), 1849.
For the feast of the Sacred Heart