Prayer before a Crucifix

My good and dearest Jesus, Lo, I kneel before you Beseeching and praying you With all the ardor of my soul To engrave deep and...
My good and dearest Jesus, Lo, I kneel before you Beseeching and praying you With all the ardor of my soul To engrave deep and vivid impressions Of faith, hope, and charity upon my heart, With true repentance for my sins, And a very firm resolve to make amends Meanwhile, I ponder over your five wounds, Dwelling upon them with deep compassion and grief, And recalling the words that the Prophet David long ago Put into your mouth, Good Jesus, concerning yourself: “They have pierced my hands and my feet They have counted all my bones!”