I give my heart to Thee

I give my heart to Thee. Ray Palmer* (1808-1887). This is a translation of a Latin text, ‘Cor meum tibi dedo, Jesu dulcissime’, of unknown authorship. It was printed in Psalteriolum cantionum Catholicarum (Cologne, 1722). Palmer took his text from Hermann Adalbert Daniel*, Thesaurus Hymnologicus II. 370. His translation was made in August 1868, and published in Christ in Song (1870), edited by Philip Schaff*. Schaff’s note on this ‘charming Latin poem…freely and happily reproduced by the Rev Dr Ray Palmer’ is the chief source of information about this hymn. Milgate (1982) draws attention to Palmer’s note to the Latin of verse 4 line 4, ‘In petrae hoc feramine’ [translated as ‘In Thee, the...

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