(Tune: near a crib)
1. My ardent heart constantly wants to give itself
He needs to prove his tenderness
Ah! who can understand my love?
What heart will want to repay me?.....
But this return, in vain I claim it
Jesus, only you can content my soul
Nothing can charm me down here
True happiness cannot be found there....
My only peace, my only happiness
My only Love is you Lord!...
2. O you who created the hearts of mothers
I find in you the most tender of Fathers!
My only Love, Jesus, Eternal Word
For me your heart is more than maternal
Every moment, you follow me, you keep me
When I call you, ah! you never delay
And if sometimes you seem to hide
You're the one who's come to help me find you.
3. It is to you alone, Jesus, that I cling
It is in your arms that I run and hide myself,
I want to love you like a little child
I want to fight like a valiant warrior
Like a child full of delicacies
I want, Lord, to shower you with caresses
And in the field of my apostolate
Like a warrior I rush into battle!...
4. Your Heart that guards and restores innocence
Can't deceive my trust!
In you, Lord, rests my hope
After exile, in Heaven I will go to see you....
When in my heart the storm rises
To you, Jesus, I raise my head
In your merciful gaze
I read: "Child, for you I made the Heavens."
5. I know it well, my sighs and my tears
Are in front of you, all radiant with charms.
Seraphim in Heaven form your court
And yet you beg my love!....
You want my heart, Jesus, I give it to you
All my desires, I surrender them to you
And those whom I love, O my Spouse, my King
I no longer want to love them except for you.
Dating: August 15, 1896
Recipient: Marie Guérin (Sr Marie of the Eucharist) at her request
For her birthday and her first anniversary of entrance, the young Carmelite is invited to abandon everything in depth.