ST. AGNES (Dykes)

Composer: John Bacchus Dykes

John Bacchus Dykes, Mus. Doc.; b. Kingston-upon-Hull, 1823; d. St. Leonard's 1876 Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908 Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1866)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Incipit: 33323 47155 53225
Key: A♭ Major/G Major/G Major or modal

Texts

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

Jesus, the very thought of thee
with sweetness fills the breast;
but sweeter far thy face to see,
and in thy presence rest.

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Notes

John B. Dykes (PHH 147) composed ST. AGNES for [Jesus the Very Thought of Thee]. Dykes named the tune after a young Roman Christian woman who was martyred in A.D. 304 during the reign of Diocletian. St. Agnes was sentenced to death for refusing to marry a nobleman to whom she said, "I am already engaged to Christ, to Him alone I keep my troth." The tune was published in John Grey's Hymnal for Use in the English Church (1866).

ST. AGNES is a simple tune, best sung in two long lines and in harmony. To encourage meditation on the text (as was the practice with its Latin original), consider having the congregation follow the text of stanza 2 ("No voice can sing") without singing, but simply listening to it as played by the organ.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

Media

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #225
Text: Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #73
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The Cyber Hymnal #461
Text: Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread
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The Cyber Hymnal #604
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The Cyber Hymnal #738
Text: Calm on the Listening Ear of Night
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The Cyber Hymnal #910
Text: Clothe Yourself with Humility
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The Cyber Hymnal #995
Text: Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove
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The Cyber Hymnal #1470
Text: Father of Love
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The Cyber Hymnal #1876
Text: God of the Nations, Near and Far
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The Cyber Hymnal #2145
Text: Happy the Home When God Is There
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The Cyber Hymnal #2852
Text: I Know Not How That Bethlehem's Babe
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The Cyber Hymnal #3305
Text: Jesus, United by Thy Grace
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The Cyber Hymnal #3457
Text: Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
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The Cyber Hymnal #3961
Text: Lord, Thou in All Things Like Wast Made
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The Cyber Hymnal #4218
Text: My God! How Perfect Are Thy Ways!
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The Cyber Hymnal #4251
Text: 'Mid All the Traffic of the Ways
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The Cyber Hymnal #4581
Text: None Is Like God
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The Cyber Hymnal #4790
Text: O, for a Faith That Will Not Shrink
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The Cyber Hymnal #4983
Text: O Hope of Every Contrite Heart
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The Cyber Hymnal #5230
Text: Once More We Come Before Our God
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The Cyber Hymnal #6235
Text: Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless
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The Cyber Hymnal #9860
Text: Did Christ Descend From Majesty
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The Cyber Hymnal #9969
Text: Faith Is The Brightest Evidence
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The Cyber Hymnal #10028
Text: Fountain Of All The Good We See
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #480
Text: Jesus, the Very Thought of You
The United Methodist Hymnal #175
Text: Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
The United Methodist Hymnal #445
Text: Happy the Home When God Is There
The United Methodist Hymnal #561
Text: Jesus, United by Thy Grace
Worship and Rejoice #420
Text: Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

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50 Uncommon Songs: for partakers of the common salvation #10TextPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #562
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #688aText
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #116Audio
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #225TextScoreAudio
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #498Audio
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #505Audio
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #506Audio
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #173TextPage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #386TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #102TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #248Text
Chalice Hymnal #398TextPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #73ScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #373TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #560TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #85Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #485aPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #485bPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #278TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #754TextPage Scan
Gather (3rd ed.) #910
Gather Comprehensive #840TextPage Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #818
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #279Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #629Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #316
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #343Text
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #510TextPage Scan
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #327a
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #64
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #225
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #288
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #478
Hymns of Faith #163TextPage Scan
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #671
Les Chants du Pèlerin #12
Lutheran Service Book #554TextPage Scan
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #755Page Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #83Page Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #126TextPage Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #310TextPage Scan
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #11b
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #614a
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #480Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice Hymns #264
Rejoice in the Lord #359TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #241
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #269
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #334
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #437
Sing Joyfully #155TextPage Scan
Sing Joyfully #170Text
Sing Joyfully #611TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #166Audio
Small Church Music #623Audio
Small Church Music #3341Audio
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #171
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #89Text
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #453
The Christian Life Hymnal #55
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #487
The Cyber Hymnal #461TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #604TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #738TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #910TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #995TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1470TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1876TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2145TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2852TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3305TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3457TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3961TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4218TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4251TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4581TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4790TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4983TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5230TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6235TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #9700Text
The Cyber Hymnal #9860TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #9969TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #10028TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #79Text
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #536
The New Century Hymnal #281Text
The New Century Hymnal #507TextPage Scan
The New Century Hymnal #508TextPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #175TextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #445TextScoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #561TextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #291Text
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #292
The Worshiping Church #112TextPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #298TextPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #389
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #332TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #424TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #645TextPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #420TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #607
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #142
Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #728Page Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #77Text
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #157
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #507
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