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O, let us exalt our dear Lord and proclaim,
In songs of true gratitude, praise to His name!
As songs of the angels in sweetest accord,
Our thanks and our praises shall rise to the Lord.
-- Zion's Harp # 165
Hymn Information

Jesus, The Very Thought Of Thee (Towner)

Score
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Author
Bernard of Clairvaux
Composer
Daniel Brink Towner
Arranger
Unknown
Notes
Translated by Edward Caswall, 1849
St. Agnes C. M.
Iesu dulcia memoria
Text from Song of Solomon 1:3, 4
Lyrics
Jesus, the very thought of thee
With gladness 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 mem'ry find
A sweeter sound than Thy blest name,
O Saviour of mankind!

O Hope of ev'ry contrite heart,
O Joy of all the meek!
To those who ask, how kind Thou art,
How good to those who seek!

And those who find Thee, find a bliss
Nor tongue nor pen can show;
The love of Jesus— what it is,
None but His loved ones know.

Jesus, our only Joy be Thou!
As Thou our Prize wilt be;
Jesus, be Thou our Glory now
And thro' eternity.

Chorus:
O Jesus, Jesus, Saviour, Friend,
Thou Lamb for sinners slain;
Thy matchless kingdom ne'er shall end,
Forever Thou shalt reign.

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