Author of the Lyrics
The author of the inspirational
words of the "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" lyrics, Martin Janus (Circa 1620-Circa 1682),
was born in Merseburg, Saxony-Anhalt and
achieved fame as a Protestant pastor, chorister and hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring", Johann Schop (Circa 1590-1664),
was born in Lower Saxony and
became famous as a musician and composer.Johann Schop became a member of the Royal Danish Court musicians in Copenhagen.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Martin Janus (Circa 1620
to Circa 1682)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
Name of Composer of Music: Johann Schop (Circa 1590 to
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Jesu, joy of man's desiring, Holy wisdom, love most bright"
First Publication Date:
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring Lyrics
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.