Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

English: Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

First line: Jesus – the very thought to me / Jesus, the very thought of thee With sweetness / Jesus, the very thought of you / Jesus, the very thought of thee With sweetness fills / Jesus, the very thought of thee With sweetness fills my breast / Jesus, the very thought of thee

Original language: Latin
Original title: Jesu dulcis memoria

Words: Bernard of Clairvaux
Music: John B. Dykes


Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
, 141

Trans.: Edward Caswall


1. Jesus, the very thought of theeWith sweetness fills my breast;But sweeter far thy face to seeAnd in thy presence rest.
2. Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,Nor can the mem’ry findA sweeter sound than thy blest name,O Savior of mankind!
3. O hope of ev’ry contrite heart,O joy of all the meek,To those who fall, how kind thou art!How good to those who seek!
4. Jesus, our only joy be thou,As thou our prize wilt be;Jesus, be thou our glory now,And thru eternity.

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee (Women)
, 315

Trans.: Edward Caswall


1. Jesus, the very thought of theeWith sweetness fills my breast;But sweeter far thy face to seeAnd in thy presence rest.
2. Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,Nor can the mem’ry findA sweeter sound than thy blest name,O Savior of mankind!
3. O hope of ev’ry contrite heart,O joy of all the meek,To those who fall, how kind thou art!How good to those who seek!
4. Jesus, our only joy be thou,As thou our prize wilt be;Jesus, be thou our glory now,And thru eternity.

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
, 148

Trans.: Edward Caswall


1. Jesus, the very thought of theeWith sweetness fills my breast;But sweeter far thy face to seeAnd in thy presence rest.
2. Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,Nor can the memory findA sweeter sound than thy blest name,O Savior of mankind!
3. 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!
4. Jesus, our only joy be thou,As thou our prize wilt be:Jesus, be thou our glory nowAnd through eternity.

These charts show the use of this song in English hymnbooks and other collections published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If a song appears in multiple editions of the same hymnbook, it is only counted once. [undetermined] means that tune information has not yet been entered in.

Tunes that have appeared with this song in English

Appearances of this song over time in English

X:141 Q:1/4=88 M:3/4 L:1/4 K:G B B B | A2 B | c2 F | G3 | D D D | B2 A | A3 | yy

X:315 Q:1/4=88 M:3/4 L:1/4 K:Bb d d d | c2 d | e2 A | B3 | F F F | d2 c | c3 | yy

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 141

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee (Women)

, 315

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 21

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, no. 33

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, no. 89

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Arr.: Darwin Wolford

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, Jan 2014

Arr.: Ann Kapp Andersen

Contributor: Ann Kapp Andersen

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, Jan 2015

Arr.: Shelley Hannig

Contributor: Shelley Hannig

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, Jan 2005

Arr.: Lynne Perry Christofferson

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 6

Artist: Michael Roberts

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Arr.: Michael Roberts; Mitch Davis

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 4

Artist: Utah Valley Institute Singers; Ryan Eggett (director); Unknown (piano)

Arr.: Sally DeFord

Other Restoration-Based Denominations

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 390

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 3

Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Arr.: Mack Wilberg

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 2

Artist: Father-and-son choir

Arr.: Daniel McDavitt

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 1

Artist: Combined choir from BYU

Arr.: Ronald Staheli

Unofficial or Local Publications

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 11

Artist: Mindy Gledhill

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Arr.: Randy Kartchner

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 2

Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Arr.: Mack Wilberg

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 2

Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 5

Artist: Combined choir from Ricks College

Arr.: Ronald Staheli

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 5

Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 4

Artist: Combined choir from BYU

Arr.: Ronald Staheli

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 2

Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 4

Artist: Combined choir from Ricks College

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 5

Artist: Relief Society choir

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 4

Arr.: Michael F. Moody

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 17

Arr.: Michael F. Moody

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 2

Artist: Combined choir from BYU

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 2

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 141

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee (Women)

, 315

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 141

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee (Women)

, 315

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Other Restoration-Based Denominations

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 167

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 5

Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, no. 18

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Arr.: Melvin W. Dunn

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, no. 61

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, no. 14b

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Other Restoration-Based Denominations

Jesus, the very thought of thee

, 387

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Other Restoration-Based Denominations

Jesus, the very thought of thee

, 387

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Other Restoration-Based Denominations

Jesus, the very thought of thee

, 387

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 18

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 148

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee (Women’s Voices)

, 367

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 148

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee (Women’s Voices)

, 367

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 148

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee (Women’s Voices)

, 367

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 148

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee (Women’s Voices)

, 367

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 148

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee

, 367

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 288

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 288

Trans.: Edward Caswall

Other Restoration-Based Denominations

Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee

, 411

Other Christian Denominations

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 629

Other Christian Denominations

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 386

Other Christian Denominations

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, 173

Other Christian Denominations

Jesus, the very thought of Thee

, 55

Other Christian Denominations

Jesus, the Very Thought of You

, 754

Other Christian Denominations

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 420

Other Christian Denominations

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 89

Other Christian Denominations

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 102

Other Christian Denominations

Jesus – The Very Thought to Me

, 507

Other Christian Denominations

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 175

Other Christian Denominations

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 79

Other Christian Denominations

Jesus, the very thought of thee

, 642

Other Christian Denominations

Jesus, the Very Thought of You

, 316

Other Christian Denominations

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 58

Other Christian Denominations

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 463

Other Christian Denominations

Jesus, the very thought of thee

, 481

Other Christian Denominations

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 12

Other Restoration-Based Denominations

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 327

Other Restoration-Based Denominations

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 327

Other Restoration-Based Denominations

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, 411

Other Restoration-Based Denominations

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 194

Other Christian Denominations

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

, 241

Other Restoration-Based Denominations

Jesus, the very thought of thee

, 283

Other Restoration-Based Denominations

Jesus, the very thought of thee

, 283

Other Restoration-Based Denominations

Jesus, the very thought of thee

, 283