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515. How Lovely Shines the Morning Star!

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1 How lovely shines the Morning Star!
The nations see and hail afar
the light in Judah shining.
Thou David's Son of Jacob's race,
my bridegroom and my King of grace,
for thee my heart is pining.
Lowly, holy, great and glorious,
thou victorious Prince of graces,
filling all the heav'nly places.

2 Now richly to my waiting heart,
O thou, my God, deign to impart
the grace of love undying.
In thy blest body let me be,
e'en as the branch is in the tree,
thy life my life supplying.
Sighing, crying, for the savor
of thy favor; resting never
till I rest in thee forever.

3 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 joy in tribulation.
What bliss is this! He that liveth
to me giveth life forever;
nothing me from him can sever.

Text Information
First Line: How lovely shines the Morning Star
Title: How Lovely Shines the Morning Star!
Author: Philipp Nicolai (1597; Trans. composite)
Publication Date: 1990
Topic: Election; The Way of Salvation: Union with Christ; Christ: Bridegroom (4 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Philipp Nicolai (1599)
Arranger: Johann Sebastian Bach
Key: D Major

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