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Hymn of the Week – Jesus the Very Thought of Thee


My contribution for Hymn of the Week this last Saturday in November 2011 is Bernard of Clairvaux’s classic, Jesus the Very Thought of Thee. Written in the twelfth century, and translated by Edward Caswell in 1849. The hymn fits my three criteria for worship, in that it glorifies God, not man, it will edify the singers, and it has a singable meter.
The hymn expresses adoration to Christ, and praises him for His Saving Love, recording the true joy of those who know him and have experienced his love and forgiveness.

We usually sing the hymn to the tune Martyrdom.

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

Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find
A sweeter sound than Thy blest Name,
O Savior of mankind!

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!

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 will be;
Jesus be Thou our glory now,
And through eternity.

Bernard of Clairvaux

From → Hymns and Praise

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