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.
Stephen Bellingham

Irvine, CA, United States

Lord Jesus, we love you!

Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

Jon B. Dykes composed SAINT AGNES [for Jesus the very thought of Thee]. Dykes named the tune after young Roman Christian woman who was martyred in A. D. 304 during the reign of Diocletian.

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Ruth Morgan

Wimborne, Dorset, United Kingdom

Wonderful, timeless truth.

Leonard Towett

Nairobi, Rift Valley, Kenya

Wonderful song indeed, it inspired me a lot


Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

WOW ~Worth Of Worship

Steve Miller

Detroit, Michigan, United States

A brother posted this song on fb yesterday, and today I woke up with this song in my heart.

How wonderful that we on earth can know the love of Jesus, what it is. It surpasses knowledge and understanding. But we know it.

Edmund Ogbonna Emehara

Bordeaux, Gironde, France

I thank the Lord God almighty, this song Jesus the very thought of thee always reminds me of the love of Christ Jesus the manner he died on the cross ➕ of calvary and the salvation we all have today as Christians Christ followers. I'm in depth to him and shall always confess him as my personal Lord and saviour, all glory to God the Father to the son and to the Holy spirit hallelujah Amen.

Godwins Oche

Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

This is a great "treasure mine". Thank you so much. God bless you guys over and again. It is such a delight to connect with other children of God from the world over. The New Jerusalem will be resplendent with God's glory indeed.


Alpharetta, GA, United States

Jesus is looking for those whose hearts are fully devoted to Him and looking for His glorious appearing in the clouds. I have been watching for the rapture of the church for almost three years, and Jesus said to look for all the signs which we see more and more everyday (Matthew 24). I was outside thinking about how soon Lord will you come, and this song popped into my head. Saints, the race is almost won, and look up, our redemption draws nigh. Maranatha.

Ana Lara

United States

Bernard was a monk and founder of monasteries. He was one if the most illustrious preachers of the Middle Ages. He was born in 1091 at Fontaines, near Dijon in Burgundy, France.

Bernard’s father, a knight, was named Tecelin. His mother’s name was Aletta who was a nobility from the house of Mon-bar.

Bernard lost both his parents. His father was killed battling in the Crusades and his mother died while he was just a boy. She wanted him to be trained for God and since he was not physically fit to bear arms, Bernard decided to become a monk. This decision met with opposition from his close relatives.

Bernard and twelve other monks were chosen to build a monastery in an area “haunted by robbers.” While working, the monks would sing praises to God. The area became known as “Clair Vaux” or the “Bright Valley. ”

Bernard was one of the most influential men of the day because of his great piety, eloquence and learning. His life was greatly influenced by the Scriptures. “He was saturated in its language and in its spirit—and it saved him from the grosser aberrations of medieval Catholicism” (Britannica). In his letters and sermons he seldom mentions the saints or the “lady”. To him the most important thing was the grace of God and the splendor of Christ.

In this hymn we see the preciousness of Christ:-

“Jesus, the very thought of Thee

With sweetness fills my breast,

But sweeter far Thy face to see

And in Thy presence rest. ”

Martin Luther held him in high esteem saying “He was the greatest monk that ever lived. ”

It has been said that his heart overflowed with love to Christ and this was a result of his enjoyment of Christ

and God’s grace was able to lift him above the contradictions of the age. Bernard died in 1153 at the age of 62.

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