Jesus, Thou Joy of loving hearts

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.
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!
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!
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.
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.

White Rock, BC, Canada

It is only when we love our Lord Jesus that He becomes our joy. How we need to eat Him as the Living Bread (Jn. 6:51), and drink of Him at the Fountain-head (Jn. 4:14; Rev. 22:1) day by day, moment by moment. Then only, can we say, "O Jesus, ever stay with us." Even though this hymn was written almost 900 years ago and translated about 150 years ago, in our spirit we can appreciate the writer's and translator's yearning and appreciation of the Lord.