Jesu, joy of man's desiring, BWV 147.10 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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  • (Posted 2020-02-25)  CPDL #57201:         
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Editor: William Chimiak (submitted 2020-02-25).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 133 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2009-12-03)  CPDL #20574:   
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  • (Posted 2000-02-16)  CPDL #00680:        (Finale 1998)
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General Information

Title: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Also: Wohl mir, daß ich jesum habe
Composer: Johann Schop
Arranger: Johann Sebastian Bach
Lyricist: Robert Bridges

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCantata

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1642
    2nd published: 1884 in Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 30
    3rd published: 1933 in The Church Anthem Book, no. 40
Opus: BWV 147 , mvt. 10
Description: The original music comes from the cantata, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147, in which this ornamented choral appears twice, mvt. 6 and mvt. 10.

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Original text and translations

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Jesu, joy of man's desiring
Jesu, joy of man's desiring,
Holy wisdom, Love most bright,
Drawn by thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God our flesh that fashioned
With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying round thy throne.
Through the way where hope is guiding,
Hark, what peaceful music rings,
Where the flock, in thee confiding,
Drink of joy from deathless springs.
Theirs is beauty's fairest pleasure,
Theirs is wisdom's holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead thine own
In the love of joys unknown.