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A POEM BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION

07 Jun

A PREPARATION BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION

Dearest Jesus, all thy creatures are more worthy of thy grace
Than the vile and wretched sinner who now kneels before thy Face.
Yet one claim I have upon thee, which thou never wilt deny:
In the bounds of thy creation, no one needs thee more than I!

Other souls have been more faithful, and have served thee better far,
Many spotless hearts more fitting for thy gracious Presence are,
Many lips devout a greeting far more fervent can supply,
But, dear Master, well thou knowest: no one needs thee more than I.

Many loving hands have carried richer offerings to thy Shrine,
Many generous hearts have loved thee with a purer love than mine;
These thy chosen ones approach thee, as the doves to covert fly,
I am utterly unworthy, but none need thee more than I!

Sins unnumbered, unatoned for, have made havoc in my soul,
And against me stands, as witness, the Recording Angel’s roll;
All untilled has been my vineyard, and its soil is hard and dry,
O my God, my only refuge, no one needs thee more than I!

For without thee I am helpless, fast in sin’s strong fetters caught.
Blinded by my evil passions, swayed by impulses untaught:
I could do no good unaided, it were worse than vain to try;
Come thyself to me, sweet Jesus! no one needs thee more than I!

Thou didst leave thy Father’s bosom, to reclaim and save the lost,
Thou didst take upon thee freely our redemption’s awful cost,
Thou thyself hast called me to thee, thou wilt hearken to my cry,
In the bounds of thy creation, no one needs thee more than I!

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons, Leeds, 1916

 

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