Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness
leave the gloomy haunts of sadness,
1 Soul, adorn yourself with gladness,
come into the daylight’s splendor,
there with joy your praises render.
Bless the one whose grace unbounded
this amazing banquet founded;
Christ, though heav’nly, high, and holy,
deigns to dwell with you most lowly.
2 Hasten as a bride to meet him,
eagerly and gladly greet him.
There he stands already knocking;
quickly, now, your gate unlocking,
open wide the fast-closed portal,
saying to the Lord immortal:
“Come, and leave your loved one never;
dwell within my heart forever.”
3 Now in faith I humbly ponder
over this surpassing wonder
that the bread of life is boundless
though the souls it feeds are countless;
with the choicest wine of heaven
Christ’s own blood to us is given.
Oh, most glorious consolation,
pledge and seal of my salvation.
4 Jesus, source of lasting pleasure,
truest friend, and dearest treasure,
peace beyond all understanding,
joy into all life expanding:
humbly now, I bow before you,
love incarnate, I adore you;
worthily let me receive you,
and, so favored, never leave y