Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness


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

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