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The first Companions of Jesus: stained glass

 

 


O Deus Ego Amo Te - O God I Love You (Saint Francis Xavier)

O God, I love Thee, I love thee-
Not our of hope of heaven for me
Nor fearing not to love and be
In the everlasting burning.

Thou, Thou, my Jesus, after me
Didst reach Thine arms our dying,
For my sake suferedst nails and lance,
Mocked and marred countenance,
Sorrows passing number,
Sweat and care and cumber,
Yea and death, and this for me,
And Though couldst see me sinning;
Then I, why should not I love Thee,
Jesus, so much in love with me?

Not for heaven's sake; not to be
Our of hell by loving Thee;
Not for any gains I see;
But just the way that Thou didst me
I do love and I will love Thee:
What must I love Thee, Lord, for then?
For being my king and God. Amen

--- Translated by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.