The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O How Beautiful The Sky

Words: Nicolai F. S. Grundivig 1783-1572, Trans. by I. Dorrum, 1929

Music: "O How Beautiful The Sky," Danish, Anonymous
Meter: 7 7, 8 8, 77

Andreas Bersagel, et al, eds., The Condordia Hymnal
(Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1932)

1. O how beautiful the sky,
With the sparkling stars on high,
How they glitter, brightly gleaming,
How they twinkle, gladsome, beaming,
As they draw our hearts to heaven,
As they draw our hearts to heav’n.

2. In the midst of Christmas night,
While the stars were shining bright,
Of a sudden, clear and radiant,
One appear’d and shone resplendent
With the lustre of the sun,
With the lustre of the sun.

3. Long ago it was foretold
By God's chosen men of old
When at midnight such a wonder
Did appear in heaven up yonder,
Born should be a Savior King,
Born should be a Savior King.

4. Wise men by this star were led
To the Christ-child’s lowly bed.
Guiding star, O may we heed thee
May we know we ev'er need thee,
Lead us to our heav’nly King,
Lead us to our heav’nly King.

5. In His word did God provide
Such a star to be our guide.
Holy writ, the Gospel story,
Doth reveal to us the glory,
Leading onward, on to Christ,
Leading onward, on to Christ.


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