Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

To take a tangent that I hope will bring lightness to your heart:

I hope you enjoy listening to this YouTube version of
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, by J. S. Bach. Bach's tempos are wonderful for projects such as this.

Wikipedia gives a translation of the German choral accompaniment to the music.

Well for me that I have Jesus,
O how strong I hold to him
that he might refresh my heart,
when sick and sad am I.
Jesus have I, who loves me
and gives me as his own,
ah, therefore I do not leave Jesus,
lest I should break my heart.

—from BWV 147, Chorale movement no 6

Jesus remains my joy,
my heart's comfort and essence,
Jesus resists all suffering,
He is my life's strength,
my eye's desire and sun,
my soul's love and joy;
so will I not leave Jesus
out of heart and face.

—from BWV 147, Chorale movement no. 10

1 comment:

  1. Bach is great. Lately I have been getting into classical works; mostly Haydn as of late. His oratorio The Creation is quite a piece. I will have to check this tempo by Bach in the near future...

    -- By the way, I responded to your response over at Storied Theology. Looking forward to your response ;)