How Beautiful The Morning Star
Translation: Philip Pusey, alt.
Source: Horatio Nelson, 3rd Earl Nelson, ed., The Salisbury Hymnal (Salisbury: Brown and Co.,; London: Simpkin, Marshall, and Co., 1867), #152, p. 142.
“ And I will give Him the Morning Starr—Rev. ii, 28.
1 How beautiful the Morning Star
Shines from the firmament afar !
Night’s shadows are departed :
Each creature, casting sleep away,
Drinketh the lights refreshing ray;
So doth 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,
E’en in this shadowy heart of mine,
Where sin yet strives with duty :
Drive back dark passion’s cloud anew;
On godly tears, shed forth as dew,
Pour down Thy golden beauty ;
Whose beams, in streams,
As they brighten, shall enlighten
Of the fallen new-born creature.
3. You sun that lights these nether skies
Shall set in flames—no more to rise :
Thou shinest on for ever !
Kindle each Christian bosom here;
Gleam brightly through each mourner’s tear;
That, from Thee turned 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 [this translation], 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 [How Beautiful The Morning Star], 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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