How Beautiful The Morning Star
Translation: Philip Pusey, alt.
Source: The Sarum Hymnal (Salisbury: Brown and Co., 1868), #9, p. 6.
Compare: How Beautiful The Morning Star (from Hymnologia Christiana, 1863)
Unto you that fear My Name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise.—Mal. iv. 2.
1. How beautiful the morning star
Shines from the firmament afar !
Night's shadows are departed:
Each creature, casting sleep away,
Drinketh the light's refreshing ray;
Even the broken-hearted.
The deep, the steep,
Ocean's treasure, Heaven's azure,
Sing the story,
Lord, of Thine exceeding glory.
2. Rise, Sun of Righteousness, and shine
Within this darkened heart of mine,
Where sin yet strives with duty:
Drive back dark passion's cloud anew;
On godly tears, wept forth as dew,
Pour down Thy golden beauty;
Whose beams, in streams,
As they brighten, shall enlighten
Of Thy weak repentant creature.
3. Yon sun that lights these nether skies
Shall set in gloom—no more to rise :
Thou shinest on for ever !
Warm every Christian bosom here ;
Gleam brightly through each mourner's tear;
That, from Thee turning never,
We may, Thy ray
Gladly hailing, after wailing,
Meet to praise Thee
In that Heaven whose light arrays Thee.
Note: The following is from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1892, 1907), with a few additions:
The translation in Common Usage is - How beautiful the Morning Star shines from the firmament afar. This was contributed by Philip Pusey to Alexander R. Reinagle's Psalm and Hymn Tunes, Oxford, 1840, p. 130. St. i. is a fairly close version of stanza i, while stanzas ii, iii, are very free tr. of stanzas vi., vii. Included, slightly varied, in the Salisbury Hymn Book, 1857, [How Beautiful The Morning Star] and thence with stanzas i., ii, 5, 6, altered in Kennedy, Hymnologia Christiana, 1863, #672, p. 174 [How Beautiful The Morning Star]. It was considerably altered in the Sarum Hymnal, #9, p. 6, 1868 [this translation], and this form is repeated in R. Minton Taylor's Collection, 1872, and J. L. Porter's Collection, 1876.
Unfortunately, the earliest version by Mr. Pusey in Reinagle's Psalms and Hymn Tunes is not yet available at Project Gutenberg, Google Books or the Internet Archive.
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