The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Behold! How Glorious Is Yon Sky

For Epiphany

Words: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, Philipp Nicolai, 1597

Translation: Unknown

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

Source: New Congregational Hymn Book (London: The Congregational Union of England and Wales, 1859, 1880), #749, p. 525.

The throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it.—Rev. xxii. 8.

1. Behold! how glorious is yon sky!
Lo! there the righteous never die,
But dwell in peace for ever:
Then who would wear this earthly clay,
When bid to cast life's chains away,
And win Thy gracious favour?
Holy, Holy, O forgive us;
And receive us, Heavenly Father,
When around Thy throne we gather.

2. Confiding in Thy sacred word,
Our Saviour is our hope, O Lord,
The guiding star before us;
Our Shepherd, leading us the way,
If from Thy paths our footsteps stray,
To Thee He will restore us;
Holy, Holy, ever hear us,
And receive us, while we gather
Round Thy throne, Almighty Father.

Sheet Music from Bristol Tune Book (London: Novello, Ewer and Co., 1863), #224, p. 150. Two verses, plus sheet music (Harmony by C. H. Rink).

Sheet music from Henry Allon, et al., eds., The Congregational Psalmist Hymnal (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1886), #611, p. 389.

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