Hello. On Monday. In COVID lockdown.
O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart’s Desire is a set of lyrics based on text from the 7th or 8th century.
This tune is KINGSFOLD, which is used for hymns such as I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say; O Sing A Song Of Bethlehem; When Jesus Left His Father’s Throne; and also serves as a pinch-hitter substitute tune in many other uses.
Nathan Clark George provides a rendition and simple arrangement.
O Christ, our hope, our heart’s desire,
Redemption’s only spring!
Creator of the world art Thou,
Its Savior and its King.
How vast the mercy and the love
Which laid our sins on Thee,
And led Thee to a cruel death,
To set Thy people free.
But now the bands of death are burst,
The ransom has been paid,
And Thou art on Thy Father’s throne,
In glorious robes arrayed.
O may Thy mighty love prevail
Our sinful souls to spare;
O may we come before Thy throne,
And find acceptance there!
O Christ, be Thou our present joy,
Our furture great reward!
Our only glory may be it be
To glory in the Lord.
All praise to Thee, ascended Lord;
All glory ever be
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Through all eternity.
Words: Unknown author, 7th or 8th Century (Jesu nostra redemptio, Amor et desiderium)
Tune: KINGSFOLD, Traditional English Melody