82  A Song of Anselm

1    Jesus, like a mother you gather your people to you;  

you are gentle with us as a mother with her children.

2    Often you weep over our sins and our pride,  

tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgement.

3    You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds,  

in sickness you nurse us, and with pure milk you feed us.

4    Jesus, by your dying we are born to new life;  

by your anguish and labour we come forth in joy.

5    Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness;  

through your gentleness we find comfort in fear.

6    Your warmth gives life to the dead,  

your touch makes sinners righteous.

7    Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us;  

in your love and tenderness remake us.

8    In your compassion bring grace and forgiveness,  

for the beauty of heaven may your love prepare us.

from Anselm of Canterbury


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