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How Beautiful The Morning Star

Words: Philip Nicoli
Translation: Philip Pusey, alt.

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Source: The Sarum Hymnal (Salisbury: Brown and Co., 1868), #9, p. 6.

Unto you that fear My Name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise.—Mal. iv. 2.

Wei schon leucht't und der Morganstern

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
Every feature
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):

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 (see p. 1017, ii.). St. i. is a fairly close version of st. I, while st. ii, iii, are very free tr. of st. vi., vii. Included, slightly varied, in the Salisbury Hymn Book, 1857, and thence with st. i., ii, 5, 6, altered in Kennedy, 1863 [672]. It was considerably altered in the Sarum Hymnal [#9, p. 6], 1868, and this form is repeated in R. Minton Taylor's Collection, 1872, and J. L. Porter's Collection, 1876.



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Source: John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, (1892, 1907).


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