In Thee Be All Our Glory
arr.Alfred V. Fedak
Text Bernard of
Voicing SATB and organ
Topics Christian Life, Love of God
Length 3' 05" Price $1.60 (U.S.) Released
Catalog no. 410-608 Difficulty Moderately difficult
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"Al Fedak's 'In Thee Be All Our
Glory" is, in fact, a setting of Edward Caswall's translation
of Jesu dulcis memoria ('Jesus, the very thought of thee')
based on the plainsong tune. Anthem settings of well-known plainsong
melodies are notoriously tricky, but when they workas this
one abundantly does!they are pure gold. This is a winner!"
-Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, December
Fedak has paired the plainsong melody
Jesu dulcis memoria with Edward Caswall's familiar translation
of its original Latin text, "Jesus, the Very Thought of
Thee." The result is a Christian love-song of great beauty
and deep emotion, particularly suitable for lenten or communion
use. Except for a brief a cappella passage, the voices are well
supported by the organ accompaniment.
Jesus the very thought of Thee
with sweetness fills my breast,
but sweeter far Thy face to see,
and in Thy presence rest.
No voice can sing, no heart can frame,
nor can the mind recall
a sweeter sound than Jesus' name,
the Savior of us all.
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 no tongue nor pen can show:
the love of Jesus, what it is none
none but His loved ones know.
Jesus, our only joy be Thou,
as Thou our prize wilt be.
In Thee be all our glory now
and to eternity.
Text: Attr. Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153);
tr. Edward Caswall, 1849, alt.