Jesus, All My Gladness   1 comment

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1940, of The Episcopal Church

Original German words (1650) by Johann Franck (1618-1677)

English translation by Arthur Wellesley Wotherspoon (1853-1936)

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1.  Jesus, all my gladness,

My repose in sadness,

Jesus, heaven to me:

Ah, my heart long plaineth,

Ah, my spirit straineth,

Longeth after thee!

Thine I am, O holy Lamb;

Only where thou art is pleasure,

Thee alone I treasure.

2.  Hence with earthly treasure:

Thou art all my pleasure,

Jesus, my desire!

Hence, for pomps I care not,

E’en as though they were not

Rank and fortune’s hire.

Want and gloom, cross, death, and tomb;

Naught that I may suffer ever

Shall from Jesus sever.

3.  Flee, dark clouds that lower,

For my joy-bestower,

Jesus, enters in!

Joy from tribulation,

Hope from desolation,

They who love God win.

Be it blame or scorn or shame,

Thou art with me in earth’s sadness,

Jesus, all my gladness!

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