The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Light Of The Gentile Nations

For The Presentation In The Temple

Words: "Herr Jesu, Licht der Heiden," Johann Franck, 1653
Translation by
Catherine Winkworth


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Music: "Farewell I gladly bid Thee."

Source: William Sterndale Bennett and Otto Goldschmidt, eds., The Chorale Book For England. Congregational Edition. (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1863, Supp. 1865), Translator: Catherine Winkworth, #80.

See: The Christmas Poetry of Catherine Winkworth

1. Light of the Gentile nations,
    Thy people's joy and love,
Dawn 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. Yes, Lord, Thy servants meet Thee,
    Ev'n 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, now let 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 has terrors
    To part my soul from Thee!

Sheet Music from William Sterndale Bennett and Otto Goldschmidt, eds., The Chorale Book For England. Congregational Edition. (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1863, Supp. 1865), Translator: Catherine Winkworth, #80.

Sheet Music to "Farewell I gladly bid Thee" from William Sterndale Bennett and Otto Goldschmidt, eds., The Chorale Book For England. (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1863), Translator: Catherine Winkworth, #80.

 

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