Singers and Performers on the German Choir CD
DIRECTOR: Robert Jordan ACCOMPANIST: Renée Gill ORGANIST: Erwin Polinsky
Link: Johann Sebastian Bach. “Jesus bleibet meine Freude”
The lovely chorale, “Jesus bleibet meine Freude,” is from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata No. 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben. The cantata itself is in two parts and this chorale concludes each part.
It is a piece that the German choir has sung many times over the last 20 years and has particularly consoling words for these troubled COVID-19 times.
Even though it is not a literal translation of the original German words, the translation below is the most universally used when this piece is sung in English. It is attributed to Robert Bridges, who was the Poet Laureate of England from 1913 t0 1930.
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.