Tune: JESUS BLEIBET MEINE FREUDE

Composer: Johann Schop, 17th c., arr. J. S. Bach, 1720

Author: “Jesus bleibet meine Freude” by Martin Jahn, 1661; trans. Dan Kreider

This is a new English translation and edition of the chorale hymn “Jesus bleibet meine Freude,” arranged by J.S. Bach, from his cantata “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben.” You can read more about this scholarly/performing edition here.

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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 unfailing light,
for my heart and for my sight.
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