629. Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

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1 Jesus, the very thought of thee
with sweetness fills my breast.
But sweeter far thy face to see,
and in thy presence rest.

2 Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
nor can the mind recall
a sweeter sound than thy blest name,
O Savior of us all.

3 O hope of every contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
to those who fall, how kind thou art!
How good to those who seek!

4 But what to those who find? Ah, this
nor tongue nor pen can show.
The love of Jesus, what it is
none but his loved ones know.

5 Jesus, our only joy be thou,
as thou our prize wilt be.
Jesus, be thou our glory now,
and through eternity.

Text Information
First Line: Jesus, the very thought of thee
Title: Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
Translator: Edward Caswall (1849, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: CM
Scripture: 1 Samuel 2:8; Psalm 34:18; Psalm 51:17; Psalm 66:2; Psalm 104:34; Isaiah 57:15; Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-10; John 12:1-8; John 15:9; Acts 2:28; Acts 4:12; Romans 15:13; 1 Corinthians 2:9; 1 Corinthians 13:12; Ephesians 3:17; Ephesians 3:19; Philippians 1:21; 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20; 1 Peter 1:8-9; 1 Peter 1:21
Topic: Adoration; Healing; Hope (5 more...)
Source: Latin hymn, 12th cent.
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1866, alt.)
Meter: CM
Key: G Major or modal

Text Information:

The sweetness celebrated in this anonymous 12th-century Latin poem is not cloying or sentimental; it is more like an antidote to bitterness and a source of hope and healing. The best-known 19th-century translation is set here to a tune composed especially for these words.

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