Jesus, the very thought of thee

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Lyricist: Edward Caswall. A metrical translation of Jesu dulcis memoria.

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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,
O Saviour of mankind!

3  O hope of every contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
To those who fall how kind Thou art,
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.

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