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   Hymns of the Christian Church.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Latin Hymns
Jesu, Dulcis Memoria
St. Bernard of Clairvaux Tr. E. Caswall (1091–1153)
JESU, the very thought of Thee
  With sweetness fills the breast;
But sweeter far Thy Face to see,
  And in Thy Presence rest.
No voice can sing, no heart can frame,        5
  Nor can the memory find
A sweeter sound than Jesu’s Name,
  The Saviour of mankind.
O Hope of every contrite heart,
  O Joy of all the meek,        10
To those who ask 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        15
  None but His loved ones know.
Jesu, our only Joy be Thou,
  As Thou our Prize wilt be:
In Thee be all our glory now,
  And through eternity.        20


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