1 Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light,
and usher in the morning;
O shepherds, shrink not with affright,
but hear the angel's warning.
This child, this little helpless boy,
shall be our confidence and joy,
the power of Satan breaking,
our peace eternal making.
2 This night of wonder, night of joy,
was born the Christ, our brother;
he comes, not mighty to destroy,
to bid us love each other.
How could he quit his kingly state
for such a world of greed and hate?
What deep humiliation
secured the world's salvation!
3 Come, dearest child, into our hearts,
and leave your crib behind you!
Let this be where the new life starts
for all who seek and find you.
To you be honour, thanks and praise,
for all your gifts this time of grace;
come, conquer and deliver
this world, and us, forever.
|First Line:||Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light|
|Title:||Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light|
|Author (stanza 1):||Johann Rist (1641)|
|Author (st. 2-3):||Fred Pratt Green (1903-)|
|Translator (st. 1):||John Troutbeck (1833-1889)|
|Scripture:||Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 1:68-79; Luke 2:1-20; Luke 2:22-40; Colossians 1:11-20|
|Copyright:||St. 2-3 © 1989 Hope Publishing Co.|
|Composer:||Johann Schop (1595?-1667?)|
|Harmonizer:||Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)|