Jesu, Thou joy of loving hearts (John Bacchus Dykes)

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  • (Posted 2010-08-25)  CPDL #22195:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-08-25).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 17 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Version as in Congregational Praise, 1951.

General Information

Title: Jesu, Thou joy of loving hearts
Composer: John Bacchus Dykes
Tune: Ilkley
Lyricist: Ray Palmer trans. From 12thC Latin

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

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Original text and translations

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1. Jesu, 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Our restless spirits yearn for Thee,
 Where'er our changeful lot is cast;
 Glad when Thy gracious smile we see,
 Blest when our faith can hold Thee fast.

5. O Jesu, ever with us stay,
 Make all our moments calm and bright;
 Chase the dark night of sin away,
 Shed o'er the world Thy holy light.