Jesus, the very thought of Thee

Jesus, the very thought of Thee
  With sweetness fills my 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.
O Jesus! light of all below!
  Thou fount of life and fire!
Surpassing all the joys we know,
  And all we can desire.
No other source have we but Thee,
  Soul-thirst to satisfy.
Exhaustless spring! the waters free!
  All other streams are dry.
Jesus, our only Joy be Thou,
  As Thou our Prize wilt be;
Jesus, be Thou our Glory now,
  And through eternity.

Jacksonville, FL, United States

Thank you. I love this song and Jesus thou joy of loving hearts, both by Bernard of Clairveau. Do you have others by him?

Morag Wilson

Kilsyth, United Kingdom

This song came to mind early hours of this morning. I only remembered the first verse. What beautiful thoughts of Jesus are expressed in it. Just had to look up the rest of the verses. Feeling so blessed.

Charlene Sherry

Mishawaka, Indiana, United States

I learned this hymn as a child and still love it: its simplicity, its depth of meaning. I love reading all the names, places of others who enjoy the hymns. It speaks of the vastness of the Church and the joy that awaits us. Very encouraging.

Thank you.

Herman McKoy

Clifton, NJ, United States

This song has been a blessing to me daily. It gives me hope and consolation .

Arnoel Manantan

Urdaneta City, Pangasinan, Philippines

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Good song.

Carol D

Spokane, WA, United States

Like others before, I woke this morning with this song in my spirit - "Jesus the very thought of Thee". What a blessing to have this resource!

Sky Lee

Taipei, Taiwan

Hi my name is Sky. Lord Jesus. I have your songs. I love it and I believe all that You say because I love You.



Came across this beautiful hymn during my devotions this morning. I want His thought and His presence to fill the rest of my life. O what a joy to know His love!

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI

Born in Yately, Hampshire, England, Edward Caswall was ordained in the Anglican Church, but in 1847 he resigned his position and joined the Roman Catholic Church. After his wife died in 1849, he was ordained a Catholic priest. His most significant publication was "Lyra Catholica", which contained 197 translations of Latin hymns from the Roman Breviary and other sources. This hymn is one of them. - Songs of the Spirit


Stanza 5, line 2 originally says: Thou fount of living fire


There are some additional stanzas which are usually omitted: following stanza 4: O Jesus, King most wonderful Thou Conqueror renowned, Thou sweetness most ineffable In Whom all joys are found!


When once Thou visitest the heart, Then truth begins to shine, Then earthly vanities depart, Then kindles love divine.


at the end: Jesus, may all confess Thy Name, Thy wondrous love adore, And, seeking Thee, themselves inflame To seek Thee more and more.


Thee, Jesus, may our voices bless, Thee may we love alone, And ever in our lives express The image of Thine own.


O Jesus, Thou the beauty art Of angel worlds above; Thy Name is music to the heart, Inflaming it with love.


Celestial Sweetness unalloyed, Who eat Thee hunger still; Who drink of Thee still feel a void Which only Thou canst fill.


O most sweet Jesus, hear the sighs Which unto Thee we send; To Thee our inmost spirit cries; To Thee our prayers ascend.


Abide with us, and let Thy light Shine, Lord, on every heart; Dispel the darkness of our night; And joy to all impart.


Jesus, our love and joy to Thee, The virgin’s holy Son, All might and praise and glory be, While endless ages run.