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.
<Johann Sebastian Bach, sung by Josh Groban>
* I listen to this song everyday and am still not getting bored. Glorious piece written by great composer. I recommend you hear this. Your heart will cry, because it was written with accentuation and higher tones on the most important lyrics. These are the uniques of hymns. They will take you to appreciate and understand the lyrics more respectfully. The foundation is these two:
1. Yet when it happens that I am more moved by the singing than by what is sung, I confess myself to have sinned wickedly, and then I would rather not have heard the singing. (St. Augustine, Confession X, 33, 49)
2. We must, however, carefully beware, lest our ears be more intent on the music than our minds on the spiritual meaning of the words. (John Calvin, ICR III, 20, 32)