The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Jesu, The Very Thought Of Thee

For Epiphany

Words: "Jesu dulcis memoria," with notes
Attributed to S. Bernard (1091-1157)
Translator: E. Caswall

Music: "Melody from the 'Salisbury Hymnal.'
Harmonized by H. R. Schrúder."

Source: Hymns of the Christian Church.
The Harvard Classics.  1909Ė14.

1. JESU, the very thought of Thee
  With sweetness fills the breast;
But sweeter far Thy Face to see,
  And in Thy Presence rest.

2. No voice can sing, no heart can frame,
  Nor can the memory find
A sweeter sound than Jesuís Name,
  The Saviour of mankind.

3. O Hope of every contrite heart,
  O Joy of all the meek,
To those who ask 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. Jesu, our only Joy be Thou,
  As Thou our Prize wilt be:
In Thee be all our glory now,
  And through eternity.

Sheet Music "Jesu dulcis memoria" from J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #88, p. 136.

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