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!
|First Line:||Jesus, priceless treasure|
|Title:||Jesus, Priceless Treasure|
|Author:||Johann Franck (1650)|
|Translator:||Catherine Winkworth (1863, alt.)|
|Topic:||Assurance; Living and Dying in Christ; Personal Peace|
|Name:||JESU, MEINE FREUDE|
|Composer:||Johann Crüger (1653)|
|Harmonizer:||Johann Sebastian Bach (1723)|
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.
|Audio recording:||Audio (MP3)|