Fairest Bridegroom mine

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1 Fairest Bridegroom mine,
Jesus, Lamb divine,
Fervent thanks to Thee I render
For Thy love so pure and tender,
Which hath made me Thine,
Jesus, Lamb divine.

2 Treasure of my heart,
God and man Thou art,
Born in deep humiliation
To effect the world's salvation;
Ne'er from me depart,
Treasure of my heart.

3 Keep my inner sight
Ever clear and bright;
Pour on me the oil of gladness,
That through all the gloom of sadness
I may see the light
By that inner sight.

4 Here my treasures wane,
There a crown I gain;
Here but hoping and believing,
There reality perceiving,
I do not complain,
Tho' my treasures wane.

5 Jesus, dearest Friend,
Help me to contend
With the ills that come assailing,
That against them all prevailing,
Thou unto the end
Be my dearest Friend.

6 Sharon's Rose so fair,
Sweet beyond compare,
Naught but Thy good will and pleasure,
Here on earth my soul shall treasure.
All Thy grace I share,
Sharon's Rose so fair.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #194

Author: Adam Drese

Drese, Adam, was born in Dec. 1620, in Thuringia, probably at Weimar. He was at first musician at the court of Duke Wilhelm, of Sachse-Weimar; and after being sent by the Duke for further training under Marco Sacchi at Warsaw, was appointed his Kapellmeister in 1655. On the Duke's death in 1662, his son, Duke/Bernhard, took Drese with him to Jena, appointed him his secretary, and, in 1672, Town Mayor. After Duke Bernhard's death, in 1678, Drese remained in Jena till 1683, when he was appointed Kapellmeister at Arnstadt to Prince Anton Günther, of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen. He died at Arnstadt, Feb. 15, 1701 (Koch, iv. 270-274; Allg. Deutsche Biog., v. 397; Wetzel, i. 1934, and A. H. , vol. i., pt. iv., pp. 28-30). In 1680, the reading o… Go to person page >

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