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Love to the Saviour

(LIII.--"Jesu, meine Freude.")

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Jesu, meine Freude

J. Franck, 1659

Jesu, priceless treasure,

Source of purest pleasure,

Truest Friend to me;

Ah! how long I've panted,

And my heart hath fainted,

Thirsting, Lord, for Thee!

Thine I am, O spotless Lamb,

I will suffer nought to hide Thee,

Nought I ask beside Thee.

In Thine arm I rest me,

Foes who would molest me

Cannot reach me here;

Though the earth be shaking,

Every heart be quaking,

Jesus calms my fear;

Sin and hell in conflict fell

With their bitter storms assail me,

Jesus will not fail me.

Wealth, I will not heed thee,

For I do not need thee,

Jesus is my choice;

Honours, ye may glisten,

But I will not listen

To your tempting voice;

Pain or loss, nor shame nor cross,

E'er to leave my Lord shall move me,

Since He deigns to love me.

Farewell, thou who choosest

Earth, and heaven refusest,

Thou wilt tempt in vain;

Farewell, sins, nor blind me,

Get ye all behind me,

Come not forth again:

Past your hour, O Pride and Power;

Worldly life, thy bonds I sever,

Farewell now for ever!

Hence, all fears and sadness,

For the Lord of gladness,

Jesus, enters in;

They who love the Father,

Though the storms may gather,

Still have peace within;

Yea, whate'er I here must bear,

Still in Thee lies purest pleasure,

Jesu, priceless treasure!

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