The morning sun illumines the skies

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1 The morning sun illumes the skies,
And we from peaceful slumbers rise;
All praise to God, who hath this night
Protected us from Satan's might.

2 Lord Jesus, be our shield this day
And keep us on the narrow way;
To us Thy holy angels send
And let them to our wants attend.

3 Make Thou our hearts obedient
To do Thy will till life is spent,
To heed Thy Word, whate'er betide,
And follow Thee, our faithful Guide.

4 Grant that our work may prosper well,
While we beneath Thy shadow dwell.
Let all that we begin with Thee
To Tine own praise accomplished be.


Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #559

Author: Nikolaus Herman

Herman, Nicolaus, is always associated with Joachimsthal in Bohemia, just over the mountains from Saxony. The town was not of importance till the mines began to be extensively worked about 1516. Whether Herman was a native of this place is not known, but he was apparently there in 1518, and was certainly in office there in 1524. For many years he held the post of Master in the Latin School, and Cantor or Organist and Choirmaster in the church. Towards the end of his life he suffered greatly from gout, and had to resign even his post as Cantor a number of years before his death. He died at Joachimsthal, May 3, 1561. (Koch, i. 390-398; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, xii. 186-188, &c.) He was a great friend and helper of J. Mathesius (q.v.)… Go to person page >

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First Line: The morning sun illumines the skies
Author: Nikolaus Herman



Derived from the fourth piano piece in Robert A. Schumann's Nachtstücke, Opus 23 (1839), CANONBURY first appeared as a hymn tune in J. Ireland Tucker's Hymnal with Tunes, Old and New (1872). The tune, whose title refers to a street and square in Islington, London, England, is often matched to Haver…

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