Sunday, February 18, 2007

Hymns of treasuring Christ

I would like to post some uplifting hymn texts periodically. Most of these are older hymns.
This is the first.

Jesus Priceless Treasure
Johann Franck (1618-1677)

Jesus, priceless treasure, source of purest pleasure, truest friend to me:
Long my heart hath panted, ‘til it well-nigh fainted, thirsting after Thee.
Thine I am, O spotless Lamb, I will suffer nought to hide Thee, ask for naught beside Thee.

In Thy strength I rest me; foes who would molest me cannot reach me here.
Though the earth be shaking, every heart be quaking, God dispels our fear.
Sin and hell in conflict fell with their heaviest storms assail us: Jesus will not fail us.

Banished is our sadness! For the Lord of gladness, Jesus, enters in.
Those who love the Father, tho’ the storms may gather, still have peace within.
Yea, whate’er we here must bear, still in Thee lies purest pleasure, Jesus, priceless treasure!

written in the midst of the Thirty Years' War

Eskew, Harry and Hugh McElrath. Sing with Understanding. Church Street Press, c.1995

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