Fairest of Morning Lights, Appear
For Christmas Day
Words: Rev. Thomas Pestell, 1584? - 1659
1. Fairest of morning lights, appear,
Thou blest and gaudy day,
On which was born our Saviour dear;
Arise and come away.
2. This day prevents His day of doom;
His mercy now is nigh;
The mighty God of Love is come,
The dayspring from on high.
3. Behold, the great Creator makes
Himself an house of clay,
A robe of virgin-flesh He takes
Which He will wear for aye.
4. Hark, hark, the wise Eternal Word
Like a weak infant cries;
In form of servant is the Lord,
And God in cradle lies.
5. This wonder struck the world amazed,
It shook the starry frame;
Squadrons of spirits stood and gazed,
Then down in troops they came.
6. Glad shepherds ran to view this sight;
A quire of angels sings;
And eastern sages with delight
Adore this King of kings.
Excerpted from stanzas 1, 3-8 of Pestell's Psalm for Christmas Day Morning, appearing first in his Sermons and Devotions Old and New (1659). See also Behold The Great Creator Makes and O Fairest Morning Light, Appear.
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