Jesus, Thou divine companion (Saltash) – Organ

Lyrics

Jesus, Thou divine companion,
By thy lowly human birth
Thou hast come to join the workers,
Burden bearers of the Earth.
Thou the carpenter of Nazareth,
Toiling for thy daily food,
By thy patience and Thy courage,
Thou hast taught us toil is good.

They who tread the path of labour
Follow where thy feet have trod;
They who work without complaining
Do the holy will of God.
Never more thou needest seek me,
I am with thee ever more;
Raise the stone and thou shalt find me,
Cleave the wood and I am there.

Where the many toil together,
There am I amongst my own;
Where the tired workman sleepeth,
There I am with him alone.
I the peace which passeth knowledge
Dwell amidst the daily strife;
I the bread of Heaven broken
In the sacrament of life.

Every task, however simple,
Sets the soul who does it free;
Every deed of love and mercy,
Done to man, is done to me.
Never more thou needest seek me,
I am with thee ever more;
Raise the stone and thou shalt find me,
Cleave the wood and I am there.

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: Saltash
  • Meter: 87 87 D
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Joshua Leavitt (1794 – 1873)
  • Lyricist: Henry Van Dyke (1852 – 1933) based on the words of the apostle Thomas Didymus in “The Sayings of Jesus” from the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • Church Year: General
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2012 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.