Singing through the Year: Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

“Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee”—a hymn of personal devotion attributed to the medieval saint, Bernard of Clairvaux. Though his Latin text has 42 stanzas and the translation is similarly long, I’m focusing on these three stanzas:

Jesus, the very thought of thee
with sweetness fills the breast;
but sweeter far thy face to see,
and in thy presence rest.

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!

Jesus, our only joy be thou,
as thou our prize wilt be;
Jesus, be thou our glory now,
and through eternity.

I didn’t care for most easily accessible recordings of the text’s most common tune pairing—ST. AGNES. However, this recording is quite nice—it’s a different tune and accompanied by a reed organ. You can read more about the hymn here.