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Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

Susan Millard Schwarz  •  Song


Beautiful, lilting melody with intermittent viola. Composer puts familiar text to a somewhat haunting tune. The music rises and falls, making the song seem unmetered.

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Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
Music by Dale Wood
Lyrics by Bernard of Clairvaux, transcribed by Edward Caswall

Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills my breast
But sweeter far Thy face to see
And in Thy presence rest.

No voice can sing, no heart can frame
Nor mem’ry find a sweeter sound
Than Thy blest name,
O Saviour of mankind!

O hope of ev’ry contrite heart
O joy of all the meek
To those who fall, how kind Thou art

How good to those who seek!

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.
Jesus, our only joy be Thou
As Thou our prize wilt be;
Jesus, be Thou our glory now
And through eternity!