Jesu, joy of man’s desiring

Johann Sebastian Bach

Jesu, joy of man's desiring,
Holy wisdom, Love most bright,
Drawn by thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God our flesh that fashioned
With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying round thy throne.

Through the way where hope is guiding,
Hark, what peaceful music rings,
Where the flock, in thee confiding,
Drink of joy from deathless springs.
Theirs is beaty's fairest pleasure,
Theirs is wisdom's holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead thime own

In the love of joys unknown. "Herz und Mund und That und Leben", from Cantata 147

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