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405. O Morning Star! how fair and bright

1 O Morning Star! how fair and bright
Thou beamest forth in truth and light!
O Sov'reign meek and lowly,
Thou Root of Jesse, David's Son,
My Lord and Bridegroom, thou hast won
My heart to serve Thee solely!
Holy art Thou,
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,
For Thy gladness
Eye and heart here pine in sadness.

3 But if Thou look on me in love,
There straightway falls from God above
A ray of purest pleasure;
Thy Word and Spirit, Flesh and Blood,
Refresh my soul with heavenly food,
Thou art my hidden treasure;
Let Thy grace, Lord,
Warm and cheer
O draw near me;
Thou hast taught us
Thee to seek since Thou hast sought us!

4 Here will I rest, and hold it fast,
The Lord I love is First and Last,
The End as the Beginning!
Here I can calmly die, for Thou
Wilt raise me where Thou dwellest now,
Amen! Amen!
Come, Lord Jesus,
Soon release us,
With deep yearning,
Lord, we look for Thy returning.

Text Information
First Line: O Morning Star! how fair and bright
German Title: Wie schön leucht' uns der Morgenstern
Author: Philip Nicolai (1597)
Translator: Miss Winkworth (1862)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1868
Topic: The Christian Life: Love to God and Christ; Advent, Second Sunday; Christmas Day (5 more...)
Tune Information
Key: F Major
Notes: Composer from index: Ph. Nicolai? 1556-1608, 1699

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