O Jesu, source of calm repose
O Jesu, source of calm repose. Johann Anastasius Freylinghausen* (1670-1739), translated by John Wesley* (1703-1791).
Freylinghausen’s hymn began ‘Wer ist wohl, wie du, Jesu süsze Ruh’. It was one of the first hymns to be translated by Wesley. He quoted stanza 6 of his rather free translation (the last of Freylinghausen’s hymn, which had 13 stanzas) in a letter to Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf* dated 15 March 1736. He later published the translation (of stanzas 1, 3-5, 8 and 13) in his first hymnbook, the Collection of Psalms and Hymns published at Charles-town in 1737. It was entitled ‘From the German’:
O Jesu, Source of calm Repose, Thy like no Man nor Angel knows, Fairest among ten...
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