Jesus Dulcis Print
Written by Sherry   
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:49

A friend highlighted this exquisite rendition of St. Bernard of Clairveaux's Jesus Dulcis on his Facebook page.

 

Jesu, dulcis memoria,

dans vera cordis gaudia:

sed super mel et omnia

ejus dulcis praesentia.

Nil canitur suavius,

nil auditur jucundius,

nil cogitatur dulcius,

quam Jesus Dei Filius.

Jesu, spes paenitentibus,

quam pius es petentibus!

quam bonus te quaerentibus!

sed quid invenientibus?

Nec lingua valet dicere,

nec littera exprimere:

expertus potest credere,

quid sit Jesum diligere.

Sis, Jesu, nostrum gaudium,

qui es futurum praemium:

sit nostra in te gloria,

per cuncta semper saecula.

Amen.

 

Jesus, the very thought of Thee

With sweetness fills the breast!

Yet sweeter far Thy face to see

And in Thy Presence rest.

No voice can sing, no heart can frame,

Nor can the memory find,

A sweeter sound than Jesus' Name,

The Saviour 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 Jesus, what it is,

None but His loved ones know.

Jesus! our only hope be Thou,

As Thou our prize shalt be;

In Thee be all our glory now,

And through eternity. Amen