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Deck thyself with joy and gladness

Representative Text

1 Deck thyself with joy and gladness,
Dwell no more, my soul, in sadness;
Let the daylight shine upon thee,
Put thy wedding garment on thee,
For the Lord of life unending
Unto thee His call is sending;
Come, for now the King most holy
Stoops to thee in likeness lowly.

2 Hasten, then, my soul, to meet Him,
Eagerly and gladly greet Him,
As without He standeth knocking,
Quickly, thy soul’s gate unlocking,
Open wide the fast-closed portal,
Saying to the Lord immortal,
Come, and leave Thy servant never,
Dwell within my heart forever.

3 Jesus, Source of life and pleasure,
Truest Friend and dearest Treasure,
Joy, the sweetest man e’er knoweth,
Fount whence all my being floweth,
Humbly now I bow before Thee,
And in penitence adore Thee;
Worthily let me receive Thee,
Perfect peace and pardon give me.

Source: Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #374

Author st. 1, st. 2-4: Johann Franck

Franck, Johann, son of Johann Franck, advocate and councillor at Guben, Brandenburg, was born at Guben, June 1, 1618. After his father's death, in 1620, his uncle by marriage, the Town Judge, Adam Tielckau, adopted him and sent him for his education to the schools at Guben, Cottbus, Stettin and Thorn. On June 28, 1638, he matriculated as a student of law at the University of Königsberg, the only German university left undisturbed by the Thirty Years' War. Here his religious spirit, his love of nature, and his friendship with such men as Simon Dach and Heinrich Held, preserved him from sharing in the excesses of his fellow students. He returned to Guben at Easter, 1640, at the urgent request of his mother, who wished to have him near her in… Go to person page >

Translator: John Caspar Mattes

Born: November 8, 1876, Easton, Pennsylvania. Died: January 27, 1948. Educated at the Theological Seminary at Mount Airy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mattes pastored in Trenton, New Jersey (1901-15), and Scranton, Pennsylvania (1915-38), and was a professor of theology at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa (1939-48). Translations: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming O Spirit of Life http://www.hymntime.com/tch/bio/m/a/t/mattes_jc.htm Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Deck thyself with joy and gladness
Author st. 1, st. 2-4: Johann Franck (1649, 1653)
Translator: John Caspar Mattes (1913)
Meter: D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1918
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.



Johann Crüger (PHH 42) composed SCHMÜCKE DICH for Franck's text and first published the tune as a setting for Franck's first stanza in Geistliche Kirchen-Melodien. The tune name is the incipit of the original German text. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used this tune in his Cantata 180; he and many other…

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Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #182

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #374

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The Junior Hymnal and Suggested Orders of Worship #d59

The Mennonite Hymnal #406

We Celebrate with Song #d29

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