Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, The Holy Name, Vespers

detail of the painting Adoration of the Name of Jesus, c.1604, University Chapel, Seville, SpainOf Jesus e’en the thought is sweet,
And gives true joys unto the heart,
But sweetness, beyond all things else,
His own dear Presence doth impart.

There’s nothing sweeter can be hymned,
Nothing more joyous can be heard,
Nothing more lovely can be thought,
Than Jesus, God’s Own Son and Word.

O Jesus, Hope of penitents,
To those that pray Thou art most kind,
How good Thou art to those who seek,
What wilt Thou be to those who find!

The tongue of man can never tell,
By writing it can ne’er be shown,
What the true love of Jesus means;
Those only, who have loved, have known.

Jesus, be Thou Thyself our joy,
For Thou our future Crown shalt be,
Thro endless ages evermore,
May our true glory be in thee. Amen.

– translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, C.O., Bishop of Nottingham, England