Jesus, My Highest Treasure   1 comment

Church of the Holy Spirit, Cumming

Above:  Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, Cumming, Georgia, September 20, 2009

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original Words (1672) by Salomo Liscovius (1640-1689)

English Translation (1754) recast (1789) by Frederick William Foster (1760-1835)

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923)

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1.  Jesus, my highest treasure,

In Thy communion blest

In find unfailing pleasure,

True happiness and rest;

Myself a willing off’ring

I give to Thee alone.

Because by death and suff’ring

Thou didst for me atone.

2.  O joy, all joys excelling,

The Bread of Life Thou art,

Thou cam’st to make Thy dwelling

In my unworthy heart.

My spirit’s hungry craving

Thou canst for ever still;

From deepest anguish saving,

With bliss my cup canst fill.

3.  O let my eyes be lightened

By sight of Thy dear face;

My life below be brightened

By tasting of Thy grace;

Without Thee, mighty Saviour,

To live is nought but pain;

To have Thy love and favor

Is happiness and gain.

4.  Earth’s glory to inherit

Is not what I desire;

To heaven aspires my spirit,

Glowing with nobler fire;

Where Christ Himself appeareth

In brightest majesty,

For me a place prepareth,

There, there I long to be.

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