Hail Jesus Hail (The Precious Blood)

This hymn about the Eucharist was translated from the Italian "Viva! Viva! Gesu" by Fr Frederick William Faber.

Hymn-books which it has been published in include:
  • Catholic hymn book : a collection of hymns, anthems, etc., for all holydays of obligation and devotion throughout the year ; selected from approved sources (New York, 1851). Ref
  • The St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book (1920)

Lyrics

Hail, Jesus, hail! who for my sake
Sweet blood from Mary’s veins didst take
And shed it all for me:
Oh, blessed be my Saviour’s Blood,
My light, my life, my only good,
To all eternity.

To endless ages let us praise
The Precious Blood, whose price could raise
The world from wrath and sin;
Whose streams our inward thirst appease
And heal the sinner’s worst disease,
If he but bathe therein.

Oh, sweetest Blood, that can implore
Pardon of God, and heav’n restore,
The heav’n which sin had lost;
While Abel’s blood for vengeance pleads,
What Jesus shed still intercedes
For those who wrong him most.

Ah, there is joy amid the saints,
And hell’s despairing courage faints
When this sweet song we raise:
Oh, louder then, and louder still,
Earth with one mighty chorus fill,
The Precious Blood to praise.

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