Music: Johann Sebastian Bach (Chorale from Cantata BWV 147).
Bach based his chorale on a 1642 melody by Johann Schop.
Bach's chorale text: 1661 hymn by German composer Martin Jahn
English translation of Jahn's German hymn text used in Bach's Chorale: Happy I who have my Saviour; from Him never will I part. He restores my drooping spirit, be I sad and sick at heart. Cares may vex and troubles grieve me, yet will Jesus never leave me. Him I never will forsake, even though my heart should break.
The lyrics below are by the English poet Robert S. Bridges, and are commonly sung with Bach's Jesu music (some consider it an original poem, others feel Bridges used poetic license to translate Jahn's 1661 hymn text)
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