Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring

1. Jesus joy of man's desiring Holy wisdom, love most bright; Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring Soar to uncreated light. Word of God, our flesh that fashioned, With the fire of life impassioned, Striving still to truth unknown, Soaring, dying round Thy throne.

2. Through the way where hope is guiding Hark, what peaceful music rings; Where the flock, in Thee confiding Drink of joy from deathless springs. Theirs is beauty's fairest pleasure; Theirs is wisdom's holiest treasure. Thou dost ever lead Thine own In the love of joys unknown.

Words: Martin Janus, 1661; translated probably by Robert S. Bridges (1844-1930).
Music: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' Johann Schop, 1641 and Johann S. Bach, 1723.
Setting: Johann Sebastian Bach, 1723, alt. Brian J. Dumont, 2005.
copyright: public domain. Arrangement released into public domain 09 June 2005.This score is a part of the Open Hymnal Project, 2005 Revision.

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