The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Wondering Sages Trace From Far

For Epiphany

Words: “Im Abend blinkt der Morgenstern”

Author: Ernst Lange (1650-1727)

Translation by Frances Elizabeth Cox, 1841

Source: Frances Elizabeth Cox, Sacred Hymns from the German (London: William Pickering, 1841), p. 22.

I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and Morning Star.
Rev. 22:16

1. The wondering sages trace from far
Bright in the west the Morning-star;
A light illumes the western skies,
Seen never in the east to rise.

2. Eternity produced its blaze,
Time's fulness hails its nearer rays;
Its brightness chases night away,
And kindles darkness into day.

3. O Jesu ! brightest Morning-star !
Shed forth thy beams both near and far,
That all, in these our later days,
May know Thee, and proclaim thy praise.


Also occurs in the second, revised edition of this work, Hymns from the German (1864), p. 43, without change.

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