Prayer of St. Francis Xavier Print
By Alexander Pope   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Thou art my God, sole object of my love;
Not for the hope of endless joys above;
Nor for the fear of endless pains below,
Which they who love thee not must undergo.

For me, and such as me, thou deign
’st to bear
An ignominious cross, the nails, the spear:
A thorny crown transpiercd thy sacred brow, 
While bloody sweats from ev
ry member flow.

For me in tortures thou resignd
st thy breath,
Embrac'd me on the cross, and sav
d me by thy death.
And can these sufferings fail my heart to move?
What but thyself can now deserve my love?

Such as then was, and is, thy love to me,
Such is, and shall be still, my love to thee - 
To thee, Redeemer! mercy
s sacred spring!
My God, my Father, Maker, and my King!


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