Jesu dulcis memoria
Intimate setting of the Latin text "Jesu dulcis memoria" for SSATB unaccompanied (English also included). Commissioned by the Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque, NM; Dr. Maxine Thevenot, director.
Jesu dulcis memoria, dans vera cordis guadia: sed super mel et omnia, ejus dulcis presentia.
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, nostra gaudium; qui es futurus praemium, sit nostra in te gloria, per cuncta semper saecula. Amen.
Jesus, so sweet in memory; Hearts covered with joy's canopy: Yet greater than all pleasant things Is the sweetness his presence brings.
Nothing is sung with such allure, nothing is heard so right and pure, Nothing in thought is found so sweet Than God's Son, Jesus, Prince of Peace.
Jesus, hope for all contrite hearts; To those who seek, you faithful are! To those who look, you good will be! For those who find, what more receive?
The tongue has not the pow'r to say nor words endowment to convey: Only those who have known your grace, Jesus hold in most valued place.
Jesus, always our joy will be, Our reward for eternity. Through you may we our glory find Now and through all the rest of time. Amen.