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Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee lyrics

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee lyrics

Apostle Quinson Thomas Apostle Quinson Thomas

Bernard of Clairvaux

Latin Hymn, 12th Century

Verse 1

Jesus, the very thought of Thee

With sweetness fills the breast;

But sweeter far Thy face to see,

And in Thy presence rest.

Verse 2

Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,

Nor can the memory find

A sweeter sound than Thy blest Name,

O Savior of mankind!

Verse 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!

Verse 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.

Verse 5

O Jesus, Light of all below,

Thou Fount of living fire,

Surpassing all the joys we know,

And all we can desire.

Verse 6

Thee, Jesus, may our voices bless,

Thee may we love alone,

And ever in our lives express

The image of Thine own.

Verse 7

O most sweet Jesus, hear the sighs

Which unto Thee we send;

To Thee our inmost spirit cries;

To Thee our souls ascend.

Verse 8

Abide with us, and let Thy light Shine,

Lord, on every heart;

Dispel the darkness of our night;

And joy to us impart.

Verse 9

Jesus, our love and joy to Thee,

The virgin’s holy Son,

All might and praise and glory be,

While endless ages run.

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