This beautiful hymn, Soul of My Saviour, is based on the original Latin text Anima Christi, which is attributed to Pope John XXII, 1249-1334. Anima Christi is the prayer frequently said after Holy Communion: Soul of Christ, sanctify me, Body of Christ, save me, etc.
J. Hegarty (1734?-1834) translated the prayer and turned it into the hymn text and Lorenzo Dobici composed this version of the hymn tune.
Soul of my Saviour sanctify my breast,
Body of Christ, be Thou my saving guest,
Blood of my Saviour, bathe me in Thy tide,
Wash me with waters gushing from thy side.
Strength and protection may Thy passion be,
O blessèd Jesus, hear and answer me;
Deep in Thy wounds, Lord, hide and shelter me,
So shall I never, never part from Thee.
Guard and defend me from the foe malign,
In death’s dread moments make me only Thine;
Call me and bid me come to Thee on high
Where I may praise Thee with thy saints for aye.