A very happy Easter to all Friends of Caritas!
Our final offering in this four-day period is the hymn ‘Jesu, lover of my soul’, set to the wonderful tune ‘Aberystwyth’, written by the Welsh composer, Joseph Parry.
Although this is not an Easter hymn as such, the optimism of the final verse which follows the haunting, Lenten darkness of the first two verses seems to make it a very appropriate offering; I hope that you will agree on hearing it! The full text of the three verses is below.
Jesus, lover of my soul,
Let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll,
While the tempest still is high.
Hide me, O my Saviour, hide,
Till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide;
Oh, receive my soul at last.
Other refuge have I none,
Hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, ah! leave me not alone,
Still support and comfort me.
All my trust on Thee is stayed,
All my help from Thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head
With the shadow of Thy wing.
Plenteous grace with Thee is found,
Grace to cover all my sin;
Let the healing streams abound;
Make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art,
Freely let me take of Thee;
Spring Thou up within my heart;
Rise to all eternity.
The final verse includes a descant which I wrote for the Caritas concert in St Augustine’s church, Penarth, in 2014, the place where Joseph Parry is buried and the venue for the CD recordings from which this performance comes. If you haven’t yet bought our CD ‘A Choral Celebration’ and would like a copy, please go to 'Our CD' page and use the form to order it from us. The cost is £12 including packaging and postage; all proceeds go to one of the charities which we support.
Click here to listen on Spotify.