830. Jesus, Priceless Treasure

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1 Jesus, priceless treasure,
source of purest pleasure,
truest friend to me;
ah, how long I’ve panted,
and my heart has fainted,
thirsting, Lord, for thee!
Thine I am, O spotless Lamb:
nothing in the world can hide thee;
naught I ask beside thee.

2 In thine arm I rest me;
foes who would oppress me
cannot reach me here.
Though the earth be shaking,
every heart be quaking,
Jesus calms my fear;
lightnings flash and thunders crash:
yet, though sin and hell assail me,
Jesus will not fail me.

3 Hence, all fears and sadness!
For the Lord of gladness,
Jesus, enters in:
God, who dearly loves us,
from all trial saves us;
gives sweet peace within;
I have borne this worldly scorn;
still in thee lies purest pleasure,
Jesus, priceless treasure!

Text Information
First Line: Jesus, priceless treasure
Title: Jesus, Priceless Treasure
Author: Johann Franck (1650)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 42:1-2; Psalm 46:2-3; Psalm 62:1-8; Psalm 84:2; Isaiah 35:10; Matthew 8:23-27; Matthew 13:44-46; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25; John 10:28-29; Romans 8:31-39; Hebrews 9:14; 1 Peter 1:19; 1 John 1:3
Topic: Assurance; Living and Dying in Christ; Personal Peace
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Johann Crüger (1653)
Harmonizer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1723)
Key: c minor or modal

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The classic marriage of words and music that characterizes German chorales can be seen well in this simple but intense text voiced by an already elegant tune that Bach burnishes in his harmonization. Text and tune evoke each other and reinforce the ardor of those who sing.

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