Jesus bleibet meine Freude

 

Jesus bleibet meine Freude

 

DURATION: 3:00

KEY: G

FORCES: SATB choir, strings, opt. C or B-flat trumpet, opt. oboe

MUSIC: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
TEXT: Martin Jahn (1661), translated and paraphrased by Dan Kreider
Read more about the manuscript and translation here.

FILES:
vocal score full score and parts

 

VIDEO:

 

LYRICS:

(original German)
Jesus bleibet meine Freude,
Meines Herzens Trost und Saft,
Jesus wehret allem Leide,
Er ist meines Lebens Kraft,
Meiner Augen Lust und Sonne,
Meiner Seele Schatz und Wonne;
Darum laß ich Jesum nicht
Aus dem Herzen und Gesicht.

(English paraphrase)
Christ remains my joy forever,
Life and comfort of my heart.
From His hand no grief can sever,
Strength to weary souls impart.
Light and gladness full in measure,
Thrills my soul, its richest treasure;
Christ shall be unfading light,
For my heart and for my sight.