Commissioned by Wartburg College Festeburg 

Premiered by the Minnesota Men's All-State Choir

Lee Nelson, Conductor


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The Score


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.





The sweet memory of Jesus

Giving true joy to the heart,

But more than honey and all things [does so]

His sweet presence.

Nothing more delightful is sung,

Nothing more pleasing heard,

Nothing sweeter thought,

Than Jesus, the Son of God.

- Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

Product Information

This piece was selected to be sung by the Minnesota Men's All-State choir. It is a lovely and moving setting of a beautiful Latin text that when translated is "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee."