Title: Deck Yourself, My Soul, with Gladness
Composer: , and John Casper Mattes, 1913; alt.Johann Cruger, 1649
Author: Johann Franck (1618-1677) Trans. Catherine Winkworth, 1863
Theme: Sacraments and Ordinances
1. Deck yourself, my soul, with gladness, Leave behind all gloom and sadness; Come into the daylight's splendor, There with joy your praises render Unto God, whose grace unbounded Has this wondrous banquet founded; Come, for now the Lord most holy Stoops to you in likeness lowly. 2. Sun, who all my life does brighten; Light, who does my soul enlighten; Joy, Your wondrous gift bestowing; Fount, from which all good is flowing: At Your feet I cry, my Maker, Let me be a fit partaker Of this blessed food from heaven, For our good, Your glory given. 3. Jesus, source of life and pleasure, Truest friend and dearest treasure, By Your love I am invited, Be Your love with love requited. From this banquet let me measure, Lord, how vast and deep its treasure; Through the gifts that here You give me, As Your guest in heaven receive me.