1 O Jesus, joy of loving hearts,
the fount of life, the light of all,
from fullest bliss that earth imparts
we turn unfilled to hear your call.
2 Your truth unchanged has ever stood;
you save all those who on you call.
To those who seek you, you are good;
to those who find you, all in all.
3 We taste you, ever living Bread,
and long to feast upon you still;
we drink of you, the fountainhead,
our thirst to quench, our souls to fill.
4 Our restless spirits yearn for you
where'er our changeful lot is cast;
glad when you smile on us anew,
blest that our faith can hold you fast.
5 O Jesus, ever with us stay;
make all our moments calm and bright!
Chase the dark night of sin away;
shed o'er the world your holy light!
This pious, evangelical hymn expresses a yearning for the feeding-by-faith symbolized in the Lord's Supper. Christ is the focal point as "the fount of life" (st. 1) and the Light of the World (st. 1, 4).
Bert Polman, Psalter Hymnal Handbook