More singin’

March 12, 2009 at 2:57 am (Uncategorized)

I’m back from choir rehearsal where we sang text by Bernard of Clairvaux (12th c):

Jesu, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the 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 Jesu, what it is,
None but His loved ones know.

Jesu, our only joy be Thou,
As Thou our prize will be;
Jesu, be Thou our glory now,
And through eternity.

Good stuff.



  1. Michaela said,

    One of my all time favorites….beautiful in a way that cannot be adequately expressed with words.

    • batsinthebelfry said,

      See now, I think you just did! 🙂

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