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Jesus, Priceless Treasure   2 comments

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = American Lutheran Hymnal (1930), American Lutheran Church (1930-1960) and its predecessor bodies

Original German Words (circa 1653) by Johann Franck (1618-1677)

English Translation by Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)


1.  Jesus, priceless Treasure,

Fount of truest pleasure,

Dearest Friend to me!

Ah, how long in anguish

Shall my spirit languish,

Thirsting, Lord, for Thee?

Thou art mine, O Lamb divine!

I will suffer naught to hide Thee,

Naught I ask beside Thee.

2.  In Thine arms I rest me,

Foes who would molest me

Cannot reach me here;

Tho’ the earth be quaking

And the heavens shaking,

Jesus calms my fear.

Lightnings flash and thunders crash,

Sin and hell in wrath assail me,

Yet He will not fail me.

3.  Hence, ye earthly treasures!

I disown your pleasures,

Jesus is my choice.

Hence, thou empty glory!

Naught to me thy story,

Told with tempting voice.

Peril, loss, disdain and cross

Shall not from my Savior wrest me,

Who hath owned and blest me.

4.  Hence, ye moods of sadness!

For the sun of gladness

Deigns to shine in me.

They who love the Father,

Tho’ the clouds may gather,

Filled with peace shall be.

Though of care I have my share,

Thou art still my joy and pleasure,

Jesus, priceless Treasure!

In His Temple Now Behold Him   3 comments

Presentation Icon

Above:  Icon of the Presentation of Jesus

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church (1917), United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962) and its predecessor bodies

Original German Words (1674) by Johann Franck (1618-1677)

English Translation (1863) by Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)


1.  Light of Gentile nations,

Thy people’s Joy and Love!

Drawn by Thy Spirit hither,

We gladly come to prove

Thy presence in Thy temple,

And wait with earnest mind,

As Simeon once had waited

His Saviour God to find.

2.  O Lord, Thy servants meet Thee,

E’en now, in ev’ry place

Where Thy true Word hath promised,

That they should see Thy face.

Thou yet wilt gently grant us,

Who gather round Thee here,

In faith’s strong arms to bear Thee,

As once that aged seer.

3.  Be Thou our Joy, our Brightness,

That shines ‘mid pain and loss,

Our sun in times of terror,

The glory round our cross;

A glow in sinking spirits,

A sunbeam in distress,

Physician, Friend in sickness,

In death our happiness.

4.  Let us, O Lord, be faithful,

With Simeon, to the end,

That so his dying song may

From all our hearts ascend:

“O Lord, let now Thy servant

Depart in peace for aye,

Since I have seen my Saviour,

Have here beheld His day.”

5.  My Saviour, I behold Thee

Now with the eye of faith;

No foe of Thee can rob me,

Though bitter words he saith.

Within Thy heart abiding,

As Thou dost dwell in me,

No pain, no death hath terrors

To part my soul from Thee.

Johann Franck   1 comment

Luther Rose

Above:  Luther Rose

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Johann Franck (1618-1677) was a German poet and hymn writer.


Deck Thyself, With Joy and Gladness:

Jesus, All My Gladness:

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Jesus, All My Gladness   1 comment

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1940, of The Episcopal Church

Original German words (1650) by Johann Franck (1618-1677)

English translation by Arthur Wellesley Wotherspoon (1853-1936)


1.  Jesus, all my gladness,

My repose in sadness,

Jesus, heaven to me:

Ah, my heart long plaineth,

Ah, my spirit straineth,

Longeth after thee!

Thine I am, O holy Lamb;

Only where thou art is pleasure,

Thee alone I treasure.

2.  Hence with earthly treasure:

Thou art all my pleasure,

Jesus, my desire!

Hence, for pomps I care not,

E’en as though they were not

Rank and fortune’s hire.

Want and gloom, cross, death, and tomb;

Naught that I may suffer ever

Shall from Jesus sever.

3.  Flee, dark clouds that lower,

For my joy-bestower,

Jesus, enters in!

Joy from tribulation,

Hope from desolation,

They who love God win.

Be it blame or scorn or shame,

Thou art with me in earth’s sadness,

Jesus, all my gladness!

Deck Thyself, With Joy and Gladness   4 comments

Above:  Icon of Jesus

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = Common Service Book (1917), of the predecessor bodies of the United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962), itself a forerunner of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (1987-)

Original German words by Johann Franck (1618-1677), 1649 and 1653

English translation by John Caspar Mattes (1876-1948), 1913

There is also a Catherine Winkworth translation, “Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness.”


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.  Now in faith I humbly ponder

Over the amazing wonder

That the Bread of Life remaineth,

Though it countless souls sustaineth;

That with the blest wine of heaven,

Christ’s own Blood to us is given.

O most glorious consolation,

Pledge and seal of my salvation!

4.  Jesus, source of life and pleasure,

Truest Friend and dearest Treasure,

Thou from Whom all life outgoeth,

Thou from Whom 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.