O Jesus Joy of Loving Hearts / Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts

This is a hymn about Jesus, which expresses very deep love of God.   It is based on a Latin hymn Jesu, dolcedo cordium which is attributed to 12th century Cistercian  abbot, mystic, co-founder of the Knights Templar, Doctor of the church and later Saint, Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153).

This English translation is by American Congregational minister Ray Palmer  (1808-1887) and was first published in 1858.

With meter (LM), tunes it has been set to a great many tunes include:
  • QUEBEC (Baker) by Henry Baker (1835-1910)
  • MARYTON by Henry Percy Smith (1825-1898)
  • WAREHAM by William Knapp (1698-1768)
  • BACA, William B. Bradbury, 1816-1868 
  • WALTON by William Gardiner (1770-1853), Sacred Melodies, 1815
  • CHRISTE REDEMPTOR OMNIUM - a Sarum plainsong chant, composer unknown.


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Choir with organ, professional recording:

Choir with organ, tune QUEBEC

Singer with light orchestral backing, multi-track recording:

Choir with electronic keyboards, concert performance:

choir with organ:

Singer with guitar, tune BACA:

Singer with guitar

Congregation with piano:

Instrumental - piano. Tune WALTON

Instrumental - organ, tune WAREHAM:

Instrumental, organ - with words on-screen:


Traditional language

1 O Jesus, joy of loving hearts,
Thou fount of life, Thou light of men,
from fullest bliss that earth imparts
we turn unfilled to Thee again.

2 Thy truth unchanged has ever stood,
Thou savest those that on Thee call;
To them that seek Thee, Thou art good,
to them that find Thee, all in all.

3 We taste Thee, O Thou living bread,
and long to feast upon Thee still;
we drink of Thee, the fountainhead,
and thirst our souls from Thee to fill.

4 Our restless spirits yearn for Thee,
where'er our changeful lot is cast,
glad that Thy gracious smile we see,
blest that our faith can hold Thee fast.

5 O Jesus, ever with us stay,
make all our moments calm and bright;
Chase the dark night of sin away,
shed o'er the world Thy holy light.

Modern English

1 O Jesus, joy of loving hearts,
The fount of life and our true light,
We seek the peace your love imparts,
And stand rejoicing in your sight.

2 Your truth unchanged has ever stood,
You save all those who heed Your call;
To those who seek, You are all-good.
To those who find You, all-in-all.

3 We taste in you our living bread,
And long to feast upon you still;
We drink of you, the fountain-head,
Our thirsting souls to quench and fill.

4  For you our restless spirits yearn
Where'er our changing lot is cast;
Glad, when your presence we discern,
Blest, when our faith can hold you fast.

5  O Jesus, ever with us stay;
Make all our moments calm and bright;
O chase the night of sin away,
Shed o'er the world your holy light.

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