Jesus, our hope, our heart's desire

Jesus, our hope, our heart's desire

Translator: John Chandler
Tune: REDHEAD No. 66
Published in 24 hymnals

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1 Jesu, our hope, our heart's desire,
thy work of grace we sing;
Redeemer of the world art thou,
its Maker and its King.

2 How vast the mercy and the love
which laid our sins on thee,
and led thee to a cruel death,
to set thy people free!

3 But now the bonds of death are burst,
the ransom has been paid;
and thou art on thy Father's throne,
in glorious robes arrayed.

4 O may thy mighty love prevail
our sinful souls to spare;
O may we stand around thy throne,
and see thy glory there.

5 Jesu, our only joy be thou,
as thou our prize wilt be;
in thee be all our glory now
and through eternity.

6 All praise to thee who art gone up
triumphantly to heaven;
all praise to God the Father's name,
and Holy Ghost be given.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #686

Translator: John Chandler

John Chandler, one of the most successful translators of hymns, was born at Witley in Surrey, June 16, 1806. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, B.A. 1827, M.A. 1830. Ordained deacon in 1831 and priest in 1832, he succeeded his father as the patron and vicar of Whitley, in 1837. His first volume, entitled The Hymns of the Primitive Church, now first Collected, Translated and Arranged, 1837, contained 100 hymns, for the most part ancient, with a few additions from the Paris Breviary of 1736. Four years later, he republished this volume under the title of hymns of the Church, mostly primitive, collected, translated and arranged for public use, 1841. Other publications include a Life of William of Wykeham, 1842, and Horae s… Go to person page >



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Ancient and Modern #686

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #370

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Common Praise #169

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CPWI Hymnal #192

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #86


Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #178


The Cyber Hymnal #3388

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