The Morning Star Upon Us Gleams
schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, Philipp Nicolai, 1597;
Translation: E. J. Palmer, 1892
Music: Wie schön leuchtet der
The melody is said to be from an older tune from Strasbourg, circa 1538.
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Meter: 887 887 48 48
Source: John Farmer, Hymns and Chorales for Schools and Colleges (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1893), # 142, pp. 146-147.
1. The morning
star upon us gleams.
How full of grace and truth His beams,
How passing fair His splendour!
Good Shepherd, David's proper heir,
My King in heav'n, Thou dost me bear
Upon Thy bosom tender.
Still to love me,
Thou, so high enthroned above me.
2. Strike deep
into this heart of mine
Thy rays of love, Thou Star divine,
And fire its dying embers:
And grant that nought have power to part
Me from Thy Body, Lord, Who art
The life of all Thy members.
I stand Thy hand
Nought shall ail me;
Bread of life, Thou wilt not fail me.
3. O holy
Jesus, when the light
Of Thy dear face shines on me bright,
Then heav'nly joy doth thrill me.
O Lord, my sure and stedfast good,
Thy Word, Thy Spirit, Body, Blood—
With life, new life, they fill me.
This day, I pray,
Look on me, Lord,
Thy own word is all my plea, Lord.
4. Thou, mighty
Father, in Thy Son
Didst love me, ere Thou hadst begun
This ancient world's foundation.
Thy Son hath made a friend of me,
And when in spirit Him I see
I've done with tribulation.
What bliss Is this!
Where He liveth,
Me He giveth
Life for ever;
Nought from His love can me sever.
5. Lift up the
voice and strike the string,
Let all glad sounds of music ring
In God's high praises blended.
Christ will be with me all the way,
To-day, to-morrow, every day,
Till travelling days be ended.
Sing out, Ring out,
Praise the God of your salvation.
Also found in Andreas Bersagel, et al, eds., The Condordia Hymnal (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1932), #146. Four verses (1, 2, 4, 5).