Christ is my light and treasure

Full Text

I. Christ is my Light and Treasure;
In Death he is my Life;
Through him I leave with Pleasure
This World of Sin and Strive.

II. With Joy my Soul is ready
To meet my Brother CHRIST:
Our Union shall be steady,
Our Love rais'd to the high'st.

III. World, Sin and their Temptation
Are conquer'd by his Blood;
His Death seal'd my Salvation
With my forgiving God.

IV. When all my Pow'rs are fainting,
And Speech is from me fled,
Accept, o Lord, my Panting,
Accept my Sighs in Stead.

V. With humble Resignation
On CHRIST I lean my Head;
At th' Hour of Expiration
His Cross shall be my Bed.

VI. Then, Lord, with Thee united,
Display to me thy Bliss;
And let my soul be plighted
To endless Love and Peace.


Source: Psalmodia Germanica: or, The German Psalmody: translated from the high Dutch together with their proper tunes and thorough bass (2nd ed., corr. and enl.) #198

Translator: Johann Christian Jacobi

Jacobi, John Christian, a native of Germany, was born in 1670, and appointed Keeper of the Royal German Chapel, St. James's Palace, London, about 1708. He held that post for 42 years, and died Dec. 14, 1750. He was buried in the Church of St. Paul's, Covent Garden. His publications included :— (1) A Collection of Divine Hymns, Translated from the High Dutch. Together with their Proper Tunes and Thorough Bass. London: Printed and Sold by J. Young, in St. Paul’s Churchyard; . . . 1720. This edition contains 15 hymns. Two years later this collection, with a few changes in the text and much enlarged, was republished as (2) Psalmodia Germanica; or a Specimen of Divine Hymns. Translated from the High Dutch. Together with their Proper Tunes… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Christ is my light and treasure
German Title: Christus der ist mein Leben
Translator: Johann Christian Jacobi
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

CHRISTUS, DER IST MEIN LEBEN

Melchior Vulpius (PHH 397) composed this short chorale tune, published as a setting for the anonymous funeral hymn "Christus, der ist me in Leben" ("For Me to Live Is Jesus") in Vulpius's Ein Schön Geistlich Gesangbuch (1609). Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) based his Cantata 95 on this tune and provided tw…

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