How Brightly Beams the Morning Star

Author: Philipp Nicolai, 1556-1608

Nicolai, Philipp, D.D., son of Dieterich Nicolai, sometime Lutheran pastor at Herdecke, in Westphalia, and after 1552, at Mengeringhausen in Waldeck, was born at Mengeringhausen, August 10, 1556. (The father was son of Nicolaus Rafflenbol, of Rafflenbol, near Hagen, in Westphalia, and in later life had adopted the Latinised form Nicolai of his father's Christian name as his own surname.) In 1575 Nicolai entered the University of Erfurt, and in 1576 he went to Wittenberg. After completing his University course in 1579 (D.D. at Wittenberg July 4, 1594), he lived for some time at Volkliardinghausen, near Mengeringhausen, and frequently preached for his father. In August, 1583, he was appointed Lutheran preacher at Herdecke, but found many diff… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: How brightly beams the morning star! (Service Book and Hymnal)
Title: How Brightly Beams the Morning Star
Author: Philipp Nicolai, 1556-1608
Meter: Irregular
Source: Tr. Service Book and Hymnal, 1955
Language: English
Copyright: © 1958 Service Book and Hymnal Reprinted by permission of Augsburg Fortress

Tune

WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET

Adapting a tune written for Psalm 100 found in Wolff Köphel's Psalter (1538), Nicolai composed WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET, which was published with the text in 1599. Although the tune was originally more varied rhythmically, the hymnal version here is isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) and set to the rich ha…

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Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #55
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