560. 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 memory find,
a sweeter sound than thy blest name,
Saviour of humankind!

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
Translator: Edward Caswall (1814-1878)
Publication Date: 2005
Meter: CM
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Our Response to Christ: In Devotion; Adoration: Of Jesus; Jesus: love of all (1 more...)
Source: Probably 12th century; Lyra Catholica, 1849
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1823-1876)
Meter: CM
Key: G Major

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