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Jesu, all holy

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1 Jesu, all holy,
gentle and lowly,
snow-white lily of the vale;
thou art our Master,
Monarch and Pastor,
Priest, Interceder,
Prophet and Leader,
Refuge, Defender,
loving and strong:
Sovran supernal,
Son of th'Eternal,
born of Mary-maiden, hail!
Fountain of gladness,
solace in sadness,
more than a brother,
father or mother,
to thee we render tribute of song.

2 Jesu, we bless thee,
worship, confess thee;
shepherd of the sheep thou art:
shelter, protect us,
tend and direct us,
strong of arm and kind of heart:
shadow and moonlight
turn into moonlight;
soften the scorner,
comfort the mourner,
rule our behavior, order our way:
bide with us, giving
grace to the living,
shrift to the dying
freely supplying,
be thou our Savior ever and aye.

Source: Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #341

Author: George Ratcliffe Woodward, 1848-1934

Woodward, George Ratcliffe, M.A. of G. & C. College, Cambridge; B.A. in honours 1872, M.A. 1875. Has held several curacies and two benefices, and is now (1907) Curate of St. Mark's, Marylebone Road, London. He has translated a number of hymns from the German and Latin, which are included in his Songs of Syon, 1904. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

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IN DIR IST FREUDE

IN DIR IST FREUDE is one of many balletti (dance-like songs) written by Giovanni G. Gastoldi, a priest and composer from Mantua, Italy. It was originally published in his Balleti a cinque voce (1591 ), where it was set to "Alieta vi.a, Amor ciinuita", which like so many balletti had a "fa-la-la" ref…

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