The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

How Brightly Dawns The Morning Star

For Epiphany

Words: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, Philipp Nicolai, 1597
Translation: Benjamin Hall Kennedy,  Hymnologia Christiana. London: Balliere, Tindall & Cox, 1871.

Music: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, Philip Nicolai, 1599.
The melody is said to be from an older tune from Strasbourg, circa 1538.
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
Meter: 887 887 48 48

Source: J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #65, pp. 130-1.

Thy light is come. Is. lx.

1. How brightly dawns the Morning Star,
With mercy coming from afar!
    The host of heaven rejoices!
O righteous Branch! O Jesse's Rod!
Thou Son of Man, and Son of God!
    We too will lift our voices.
        Jesu! Jesu!
Holy, holy! yet most lowly!
        Draw Thou near us:
Great Immanuel! stoop and hear us.

2. Though circled by the hosts on high,
He deigned to cast a pitying eye
    Upon his helpless creature:
The whole creation's Head and Lord,
By highest Seraphim adored,
    Assumed our very nature:
        Jesu! grant us,
Through Thy merit, to inherit
        Thy salvation:
Hear, oh, hear our supplication.

3. Then will we to the world make known
The love Thou hast to outcasts shown,
    In calling them before Thee:
And seek each day to be more meet
To join the throng who at Thy feet,
    Unceasingly adore Thee.
        Living, dying,
From Thy praises, mighty Jesus!
        Shrink we never;
Sing we forth Thy love forever!

4. Rejoice, ye heavens, and earth reply!
With praise, ye sinners, fill the sky
    For love so condescending!
Incarnate God, put forth Thy power,
Ride on, ride on, great Conqueror,
    Thy glory wide extending.
        Amen, amen!
Hallelujah, hallelujah,
        Praise be given
To Thy name in earth and heaven.

Sheet Music from J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #85, pp. 130-1.

Note:

Text verified from Benjamin Hall Kennedy,  Hymnologia Christiana. (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1863), No. 85, p. 23. The full title of this volume is: Hymnologia Christiana; or Psalms and Hymns Selected and Arranged in the Order of the Christian Seasons.

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