1 The Morning Star upon us gleams;
How full of grace and truth His beams,
How passing pair His splendor!
Good Shepherd, David's proper heir,
My King in heaven, Thou dost me bear
Upon Thy bosom tender.
Still to love me,
Thou, so high enthroned above me.
2 Strike deep into this heart of mine
Thy rays of love, Thou Star divine,
And fire its dying embers:
And grant that naught have power to part
Me from Thy body, Lord, who art
The life of all Thy members.
Naught shall ail me:
Bread of life, Thou wilt not fail me.
3 O holy Jesus, when the light
Of Thy dear face shines on me bright,
Then heavenly joy doth thrill me.
O Lord, my sure and steadfast good,
Thy word, Thy Spirit, body, blood,--
With life, new life, they fill me.
Look on me, Lord,
Thy own word is all my plea, Lord.
4 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've done with tribulation.
Where He liveth
Me He giveth
Life for ever;
Nothing me from Him can sever.
5 Lift up the voice and strike the string,
Let all glad sounds of music ring
In God's high praises blended.
Christ will be with me all the way,
Today, tomorrow, every day,
Till traveling days be ended.
Praise the God of your salvation.
Philipp Nicolai (b. Mengeringhausen, Waldeck, Germany, 1556; d. Hamburg, Germany, 1608) lived an eventful life–he fled from the Spanish army, sparred with Roman Catholic and Calvinist opponents, and ministered to plague-stricken congregations. Educated at Wittenberg University, he was ordained a Lutheran pastor in 1583 in the city of Herdecke. However, he was soon at odds with the Roman Catholic town council, and when Spanish troops arrived to reestablish Roman dominance, Nicolai fled. In 1588 he became chief pastor at Altwildungen and court preacher to Countess Argaretha of Waldeck. During that time Nicolai battled with Calvinists, who disagreed with him about the theology of the real presence of Christ in the Lord's Supper. These doctri… Go to person page >
Display Title: The Morning Star upon us gleamsFirst Line: The Morning Star upon us gleamsTune Title: [The Morning Star upon us gleams]Author: Philipp NicolaiMeter: 8, 8, 7, 8, 8, 7, 4, 4, 4, 4, 8.Date: 1913Subject: The Church Year | Epiphany; Jesus Christ | Our Light