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How Brightly Shines the Morning Star

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How Brightly Shines The Morning Star

words by Philip Nicolai, 1597
translated from German to English by William Mercer (1811-1873)

  1. How brightly shines the morning Star!
    The nations see and hail afar
    The light in Judah shining.
    Thou David's son of Jacob's race
    The Bridegroom, and the King of grace,
    For thee our hearts are pining!
    Lowly, Lowly
    Great and glorious, thou victorious
    Prince of graces,
    Filling all the heavenly places!

  2. Though circled by the hosts on high,
    He deigns to cast a pitying eye
    Upon his helpless creature;
    The whole creation's Head and Lord,
    By highest seraphim adored,
    Assumes our very nature.
    Jesus, grant us,
    Through thy merit, to inherit
    Thy salvation;
    Here, o hear our supplication.

  3. Rejoice, ye heav'ns; thou Earth, reply;
    With praise, ye sinners, fill the sky,
    For this his Incarnation.
    Incarnate God, put forth thy power,
    Ride on, ride on, great Conqueror,
    Till all know thy salvation.
    Amen, Amen!
    Alleluya, Alleluya!
    Praise be given
    Evermore by earth and heaven.