612. Deck Thyself, My Soul, with Gladness

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1 Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness,
leave the gloomy haunts of sadness.
Come into the daylight’s splendor;
there with joy thy praises render
unto Christ, whose grace unbounded
hath this wondrous banquet founded.
High o’er all the heavens he reigneth,
yet to dwell with thee he deigneth.

2 Sun, who all my life dost brighten;
Light, who dost my soul enlighten;
Joy, the best that any knoweth;
Fount, whence all my being floweth;
at thy feet I cry, my Maker,
let me be a fit partaker
of this blessèd food from heaven,
for our good, thy glory, given.

3 Jesus, bread of life, I pray thee,
let me gladly here obey thee;
never to my hurt invited,
be thy love with love requited.
From this banquet let me measure,
Lord, how vast and deep its treasure;
through the gifts thou here dost give me,
as thy guest in heaven receive me.

Text Information
First Line: Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness
Title: Deck Thyself, My Soul, with Gladness
Author: Johann Franck (1649)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863)
Publication Date: 1989
Meter: LMD
Scripture: Matthew 22:14; John 6:58; John 6:35-58
Topic: The Sacraments and Rites of the Church: Eucharist (Holy Communion or The Lord's Supper); Adoration and Praise; Holy Communion
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: SCHMÜCKE DICH
Composer: Johann Crüger (1653)
Meter: LMD
Key: D Major



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