Scripture Verse

A broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:17


John B. Dykes (1823–1876)

Words: Ber­nard of Clair­vaux, 12th Cen­tu­ry (Je­su dul­cis me­mor­ia). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Ed­ward Cas­wall, 1849. Though found in some hym­nals as a se­pa­rate hymn, these words are al­so part of Je­sus, the Ve­ry Thought of Thee.

Music: St. Ag­nes John B. Dykes, in Hym­nal for Use in the Eng­lish Church, by John Grey, 1866 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153)


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 show.

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