Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts

Attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux, circa 1150 (Translated by Ray Palmer, 1859)

Jesus, Thou Joy of loving hearts,
Thou Fount of life, Thou Light of men,
From the best bliss that earth imparts,
We turn unfilled to Thee again.

Thy truth unchanged hath ever stood;
Thou savest those that on Thee call;
To them that seek Thee Thou art good,
To them that find Thee all in all.

We taste Thee, O Thou living Bread,
And long to feast upon Thee still;
We drink of Thee, the Fountainhead,
And thirst our souls from Thee to fill.

Our restless spirits yearn for Thee,
Wherever our changeful lot is cast;
Glad when Thy gracious smile we see,
Blessed when our faith can hold Thee fast.

O Jesus, ever with us stay,
Make all our moments calm and bright;
Chase the dark night of sin away,
Shed over the world Thy holy light.

 

(sidenote:  I pulled this from a book called A Sacrifice of Praise: An Anthology of Christian Poetry in English from Caedmon to the Mid-Twentieth Century. It is filled with hymns, poetry, and verses from ranging from 600 to the first half of the 1900s.  You would probably recognize alot of them.  I love it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Christian poetry, hymns, music, etc)

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