Come, pure hearts, in sweetest measures (Johann Löhner)

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  • (Posted 2021-02-25)  CPDL #63169:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-25).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 45 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
  • (Posted 2021-02-25)  CPDL #63168:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-25).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 102 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Come, pure hearts, in sweetest measures
Composer: Johann Löhner
Tune: Evangelists or Alles ist an Gottes Segen
Lyricist: Robert Campbell and others

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 887. 887

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 300
Description: Music is adapted from Bach's version of a chorale by Löhner. Based on text by Adam of St. Victor (12th century). A descant can be found at Evangelists (Andrew Sims)

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Original text and translations

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Come, pure hearts, in sweetest measures
sing of those who spread the treasures
in the holy gospels shrined:
blessèd tidings of salvation,
peace on earth, their proclamation,
love from God to lost mankind.

Thou, by whom the words were given
for our light and guide to heaven,
Spirit, on our darkness shine;
graft them in our hearts, increasing
faith, hope, love, and joy unceasing,
till our hearts are wholly thine.

O that we, thy truth confessing
and thy holy word possessing,
Jesu, may thy love adore;
unto thee our voices raising,
thee with all thy ransomed praising,
ever and for evermore.