Sunday, April 24, 2016 | 10:45 AM

The motet, written in 1723, is based on the chorale melody by Johann Cruger (1653) and the hymn text “Jesu Meine Freude” (1650) of Johann Franck.  Franck also wrote “Deck Thyself, my soul with Gladness” that is well known today.  Franck began a long series of so-called “Jesus hymns” which reached their fullest development in the later Pietistic school of hymnists in Germany.