The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Jesus, Priceless Treasure

Words: Johann Frank, Tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1868

Music: Jesus, Priceless Treasure, Ludvig M. Lindeman, 1813-1887
Sheet Music

Andreas Bersagel, et al, eds., The Condordia Hymnal
(Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1932)

1. Jesus. Priceless treasure,
Source of purest pleasure,
Truest friend to me:
Ah, how long I've panted
And my heart hath faint-ed,
Thirsting, Lord, for Thee.
Thine I am, O spotless Lamb!
I will suffer naught to hide Thee,
Naught I ask beside Thee.

2. In Thine arms I rest me,
Foes who would molest me
Cannot reach me here;
Tho’ the earth be shaking,
Ev’ry heart be quaking,
Jesus calms my fear;
Fires may flash and thunder crash,
Yea, and sin and hell assail me,
Jesus will not fail me.

3. Hence with earthly treasure!
Thou art all my pleasure,
Jesus, all my choice;
Hence Thou empty glory!
Naught to me thy story,
Told with tempting voice’
Pain or loss, or shame, or cross,
Shall not from my Savior move me,
Since He deigns to love me.

4. Fare thee well that errest,
Thou that earth preferest,
Thou wilt tempt in vain;
Fare thee well, transgression
Hence, abhorred possession,
Come not forth again.
Past your hour, O pride and pow’r,
Worldly life, thy bonds I sever,
Fare thee well forever!

5. Hence, all fear and sadness!
For the Lord of gladness,
Jesus, enters in;
Those who love the Father,
Though the storms may gather,
Still have peace within;
Yea, what-e’er I here must bear,
Thou art still my purest pleasure;
Jesus, priceless treasure.


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