Jesus, Thou Joy of loving hearts

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Jesus, Thou Joy of loving hearts,
Thou Fount of life, Thou Light of men,
From the best bliss that earth imparts,
We turn unfilled to Thee again.
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Thy truth unchanged hath ever stood;
Thou savest those that on Thee call;
To them that seek Thee, Thou art good,
To them that find Thee, all in all!
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We taste Thee, O Thou living Bread,
And long to feast upon Thee still;
We drink of Thee, the Fountain-head,
And thirst our souls from Thee to fill!
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Our restless spirits yearn for Thee,
Where'er our changeful lot is cast;
Glad when Thy gracious smile we see,
Blest, when our faith can hold Thee fast.
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O Lord, be Thou our strength and stay!
Make all our moments calm and bright,
Chase all dark thoughts of sin away,
Shed o'er us here Thy holy light.
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Sharon Wimer

Rancho Cordova, California, United States

Jesus, Thou Joy of loving hearts,

Thou Fount of life, Thou Light of men,

From the best bliss that earth imparts,

We turn unfilled to Thee again.


Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

Henry Percy Smith composed the music for this hymn. He was born December 1825, Malta and died January 28, 1898, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Smith attended Balliol College, Oxford, and was ordained an Anglican priest in 1850. He was a curate at Eversley (1849-51), then received an appointment as perpetual curate at St. Michael’s Yorktown, Camberley, Surrey, in 1851. He only stayed until 1868, though, when he became vicar of Great Barton in Suffolk.

In 1822, he became chaplain at Christ Church, Canes, France, and in 1892, canon of the cathedral at Gibraltar.


Batam Ntamzor

Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria

Beautiful hymn

It made my day.

Please help share the harmonized music score here


Anna B

Shoreline, WA, United States

Our restless spirits yearn for Thee!


Emmanuel Ogolo

Mowe, Ogun State, Nigeria

Inspirational and soothing hymn for refreshing worship.


Kelechi Okoh

Lagos, Nigeria

I love hymns and this one of my favorite communion hymn.


Nana Essil-Andoh

Accra, Ghana

Amen


Ana Lara

Tolland, Connecticut, United States

This hymn was translated into English by Ray Palmer (1808-1887). His most famous hymn is “My Faith looks up to Thee”(429) and is in the section of longings. He wrote that hymn in 1830 fresh out of college.

This hymn, ”Jesus Thou Joy of Loving Hearts” is one of the oldest hymns written by a nobleman Bernard of Clairvaux in the 12C and was translated into English by Palmer in 1858.

Ray Palmer’s education is extensive. A graduate of Yale College in New Haven. Also He pastored the Central Congregational Church in Albany NY and was later appointed as Corresponding Secretary to the American Congregational Union in NY in 1865 until He retired in 1887.

Most of Palmer’s hymns are considered superior to all other hymns in American origin. They are a combination of though, poetry and devotion.

(John Julian dictionary of hymnology. )


Stephen Bellingham

Irvine, CA, United States

So wonderful... Written over 900 years ago. Lord Jesus we love You!


Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

A nobleman by birth, Bernard of Clairvaux gave up a life of luxury to follow Christ. So when he writes about being "unfilled" by "the best bliss that earth imparts," he knows.

The monastic life was often one of withdrawal. Monks had their own communities, which were largely self-sufficient. Thus they could work and pray in relative solitude. But Bernard broke out of that system and became an unusually public figure for a monk. He challenged popes and political leaders to live righteously. He urged professors to teach truth. He launched evangelistic campaigns.

We can learn much from Bernard's example. We do need time for "calm and bright" moments alone with Christ. But we also need to let Him send us forth in service. - Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton

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The 1st line of the last stanza originally said:

O Jesus, ever with us stay,