The Only Son from Heaven

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1 The only Son from heaven,
foretold by ancient seers,
by God the Father given,
in human form appears.
No sphere his light confining,
no star so brightly shining
as he, our Morning Star.

2 O time of God appointed,
O bright and holy morn!
He comes, the King anointed,
the Christ, the virgin-born,
grim death to conquer for us,
to open heav'n before us
and bring us life again.

3 O Lord, our hearts awaken
to know and love you more,
in faith to stand unshaken,
in spirit to adore,
that we, through this world moving,
each glimpse of heaven proving,
may reap its fullness there.

4 O Father, here before you
with God the Holy Ghost
and Jesus, we adore you,
O Pride of angel host.
Before you mortals lowly
cry, "Holy, holy, holy,
O blessed Trinity!"

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #383

Author: Elizabeth Creutiziger

Cruciger, Elisabethe, née von Meseritz, was the daughter of a family belonging to the Polish nobility. Her parents, suffering from the persecutions of these times, had been forced to seek refuge at Wittenberg There, in May or June, 1524, she was married to Caspar Cruciger, son of a Leipzig burgess, who had enrolled himself as a student at Wittenberg in 1522. Cruciger, who was treated by Luther as his own son and accounted his most hopeful pupil, became in 1525 Rector of St. John’s School and preacher in St. Stephen's Church, Magdeburg; and in 1528 was called to become professor in the philosophical faculty at Wittenberg, but, by Luther's wish, was appointed one of the professors of Theology. Of his wife, who died at Wittenberg, May, 1535… Go to person page >

Translator: Arthur T. Russell

Arthur Tozer Russell was born at Northampton, March 20, 1806. He entered S. John's College, Cambridge, in 1824, took the Hulsean Prize in 1825, and was afterwards elected to a scholarship. He was ordained Deacon in 1829, Priest in 1830, and the same year was appointed Vicar of Caxton. In 1852, he was preferred to the vicarage of Whaddon. In 1863, he removed to S. Thomas', Toxteth Park, near Liverpool, and in 1867, to Holy Trinity, Wellington, Salop. He is the editor and author of numerous publications, among them several volumes of hymns. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, 1872.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The only Son from heaven
Title: The Only Son from Heaven
German Title: Herr Christ, der einig Gotts Sohn
Translator: Arthur T. Russell
Author: Elizabeth Creutiziger
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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