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Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness)

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Venu nun, animo mia,
Ĝoja pro la beno Dia,
Kun laŭdkanto en la koro
Al la domo de l' Sinjoro:
Kaj en ĝia sankta paco
Petu por la Dia graco;
Universon li regadas,
Al vi tmen sin klinadas.

Ni al vi, ĉiela Reĝo,
Venas kun humila preĝo,
Viajn farojn pripensante,
Timrespekte meditante.
Vin ĉirkaŭas misteraĵoj,
Nesondeblaj profundaĵoj,
Fonto vi de ĉia scio,
De eterne sola Dio.

Suno, forpelanta timojn,
Lumiganta homanimojn,
Radianta puran ĝojon,
Brilu nun sur nian vojon.
Ni vin preĝas el la koro,
Uzu nin por via gloro;
Nutru via patra mano
Per ĉiela viva pano.

Source: Himnaro Esperanta, 5-a eld. #1

Author: Johann Franck, 1618-77

Johann Franck (b. Guben, Brandenburg, Germany, 1618; d. Guben, 1677) was a law student at the University of Köningsberg and practiced law during the Thirty Years' War. He held several positions in civil service, including councillor and mayor of Guben. A significant poet, second only to Paul Gerhardt in his day, Franck wrote some 110 hymns, many of which were published by his friend Johann Crüger in various editions of the Praxis Pietatis melica. All were included in the first part of Franck’s Teutsche Gedichte bestehend im geistliche Sion (1672). Bert Polman… Go to person page >

Translator: M. C. Butler

Montagu Christie Butler, born 25 January 1884 in London, died 5 May 1970, Son of Thomas Robinson Butler. Go to person page >

Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth (b. Holborn, London, England, 1827; d. Monnetier, Savoy, France, 1878) is well known for her English translations of German hymns; her translations were polished and yet remained close to the original. Educated initially by her mother, she lived with relatives in Dresden, Germany, in 1845, where she acquired her knowledge of German and interest in German hymnody. After residing near Manchester until 1862, she moved to Clifton, near Bristol. A pioneer in promoting women's rights, Winkworth put much of her energy into the encouragement of higher education for women. She translated a large number of German hymn texts from hymnals owned by a friend, Baron Bunsen. Though often altered, these translations continue to be used i… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Venu nun, animo mia
Title: Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness)
Author: Johann Franck, 1618-77
Translator: M. C. Butler
Translator: Catherine Winkworth


HE 1



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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Himnaro Esperanta, 5-a eld. #1

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