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Methodist Hymn and Tune Book, 1918064
Jesus, the Very Thought of TheeSt. Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153), Translation by Rev. Edward Caswall (1814-1878)

Hymn NumberTuneComposer or SourceMeter
064St. AgnesRev. John B. Dykes (1823-1876)Common Meter (8.6.8.6.)

1Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills my breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see,
And in Thy presence rest.
2Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find
A sweeter sound, than Thy blest name,
O Savior of mankind!
3O 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!
4But 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.
5Jesus, our only joy be Thou,
As Thou our prize wilt be;
Jesus, be Thou our glory now,
And through eternity. Amen.
Nehemiah8:10Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
Psalm34:8O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Psalm73:25Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
Psalm79:11Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;
Psalm104:34My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
Song of Songs1:3Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.
Song of Songs2:16My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.
Song of Songs5:2-82 I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night. 3 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them? 4 My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him. 5 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock. 6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer. 7 The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me. 8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love.
Song of Songs5:16His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
Isaiah42:3A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
Isaiah51:11Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
Matthew1:21And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Luke1:78Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
Luke24:29But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
John14:21He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Acts2:28Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
Romans8:29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
1 Corinthians2:9But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Ephesians3:17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
Ephesians3:17-1917 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians3:18,1918 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Ephesians3:19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
Philippians1:21For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Philippians3:3For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
Hebrews1:6And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
Hebrews12:3For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
1 Peter1:8Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
1 Peter1:8,98 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter2:7Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
1 John1:3-73 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1 John1:4And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
Revelation6:2And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.