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Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee: a Famous Hymn with a Famous Author

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Bernard of Clairvaux wrote the lyrics to “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee.” He was also one of the most influential spiritual leaders of his time, a man who kings and dignitaries turned to for counsel and advice. His sermons and writings impacted Europe’s religious landscape for centuries and remain relevant to this day. In addition to making contributions through the written and spoken word, Bernard was integral in the establishment of several monasteries across Europe.

“Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee” is included twice in the LDS hymnbook, once for the general congregation and again as a women-only rendition. The song was included in the Choir’s 2006 album Then Sings My Soul, along with “How Firm a Foundation,” “Redeemer of Israel,” “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” and other hymns.

Listen to the full history of “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee” in Episode 17 of the History of the Hymns series from the Mormon Channel.