Scripture Verse

Yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend. Song of Solomon 5:16


Alfonso M. de’ Liguori

Words: Al­fon­so M. de’ Li­guo­ri (1696–1787) (O bel­lo Dio, Si­gnor del Par­a­di­so). Trans­lat­ed from Ital­i­an to En­glish by Ed­mund Vaugh­an in Hymns and Vers­es on Spir­it­u­al Sub­jects: Be­ing the Sac­red Po­et­ry of S. Al­phon­so Ma­ria Li­gu­o­ri, Trans­lat­ed from the Ita­lian and Ed­it­ed by Ro­bert A[s­ton] Cof­fin (Lon­don: Burns and Lam­bert, 1863), page 118.

Music: Cru­sa­der’s Hymn Schles­ische Volks­lied­er (Si­le­si­an Folk Songs), 1842 (🔊 pdf nwc). The mu­sic­al score of the 1938 film Boy’s Town (where Spen­cer Tracy won an Acad­e­my Award for his por­tray­al of priest Ed­ward Flan­a­gan) is cen­tered around this tune.

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Vaughan (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


O God of loveliness, O Lord of Heaven above,
How worthy to possess my heart’s devoted love.
So sweet Thy countenance,
So gracious to behold
That one, one only glance to me were bliss untold.

Thou art blest Three in One, yet undivided still,
Thou art the One alone, whose love my heart can fill.
The heav’ns and earth below
Were fashioned by Thy Word,
How amiable art Thou, my ever dearest Lord.

To think Thou art my God—O thought forever blest!
My heart has overflowed with joy within my breast.
My soul so full of bliss,
Is plunged as in a sea,
Deep in the sweet abyss of holy charity.

O Loveliness supreme, and Beauty infinite,
O ever flowing Stream and Ocean of delight,
O Life by which I live,
My truest Life above,
To Thee alone I give my undivided love.