O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright
The United Methodist Hymnal Number 247
Text: Philipp Nicolai, 1556-1609; trans. by Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878
Music: Philipp Nicolai, 1556-1608; harm. by J.S. Bach, 1685-1750
Tune: WIE SCHON LEUCHTET DER MORGENSTERN,
1. O Morning Star, how fair and bright
thou beamest forth in truth and light,
O Sovereign meek and lowly!
Thou Root of Jesse, David's Son,
my Lord and Master, thou has won
my heart to serve thee solely!
Thou art holy,
fair and glorious, all-victorious,
rich in blessing,
rule and might o'er all possessing.
2. Thou heavenly Brightness! Light divine!
O deep within my heart now shine,
and make thee there an altar!
fill me with joy and strength to be
thy member, ever joined to thee
in love that cannot falter;
toward thee longing
doth possess me; turn and bless me;
here in sadness
eye and heart long for thy gladness.
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