JESU, MEINE FREUDE

Composer: Johann Crüger

Crüger, Johann, was born April 9, 1598, at Gross-Breese, near Guben, Brandenburg. After passing through the schools at Guben, Sorau and Breslau, the Jesuit College at Olmütz, and the Poets' school at Regensburg, he made a tour in Austria, and, in 1615, settled at Berlin. There, save for a short residence at the University of Wittenberg, in 1620, he employed himself as a private tutor till 1622. In 1622 he was appointed Cantor of St. Nicholas's Church at Berlin, and also one of the masters of the Greyfriars Gymnasium. He died at Berlin Feb. 23, 1662. Crüger wrote no hymns, although in some American hymnals he appears as "Johann Krüger, 1610,” as the author of the supposed original of C. Wesley's "Hearts of stone relent, relent" (q.v.).… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Johann Crüger (1653)
Meter: 6.6.5.6.6.5.7.8.6
Incipit: 55433 (21)1 5567U 1D7U1
Key: c minor or modal
Source: German Traditional
Copyright: Public Domain

Texts

Jesus, Priceless Treasure

Jesus, priceless treasure,
source of purest pleasure,
friend most sure and true:
long my heart was burning,
fainting much and yearning,
thirsting, Lord, for you.
Yours I am, O spotless Lamb,
so will I let nothing hide you,
seek no joy beside you!

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Notes

Johann Crüger (PHH 42) composed JESU, MEINE FREUDE, a bar form tune (AAB) written for this text. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) incorporated the tune into his cantatas 12, 64, 81, and 87 and composed a beautiful motet and several organ preludes on the melody.

Sing this great chorale in harmony throughout. For more elaborate and meditative use intersperse the sung stanzas with organ preludes on the tune.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1108
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #3422
Text: Jesus, Priceless Treasure
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #572
Text: Jesus, Priceless Treasure
The United Methodist Hymnal #532
Text: Jesus, Priceless Treasure
Worship and Rejoice #431
Text: Jesus, Priceless Treasure

Instances

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Celebration Hymnal #623Image
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1108AudioScore
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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #263Text
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Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #830TextImageAudioFlexscore
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #315
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #701TextImage
Hymns for a Pilgrim People #70
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #461
Les Chants du Pèlerin #11
Lutheran Service Book #743TextImage
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #365TextImage
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #572TextImageAudioScore
Rejoice in the Lord #448Text
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #239
The Cyber Hymnal #3422TextAudioScore
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #413
The New Century Hymnal #480Image
The United Methodist Hymnal #532TextImageAudioScore
The Worshiping Church #119TextImage
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #656TextImage
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #667Text
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #668Text
Worship and Rejoice #431TextImageAudioScore



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