Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light,
and usher in the morning.
You shepherds, shudder not with fright,
but hear the angel’s warning.
This child, now weak in infancy,
our confidence and joy shall be,
the power of Satan breaking,
our peace eternal making.
|First Line:||Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light|
|Title:||Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light|
|Author:||Johann Rist (1641)|
|Translator:||John Troutbeck (1873)|
|Scripture:||Genesis 3:8-15; Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:8-14; John 1:14; John 8:12; Ephesians 2:14|
|Topic:||Christian Year: Nativity/Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany; Jesus Christ: Birth|
|Composer:||Johann Schop (1641)|
|Harmonizer:||Johann Sebastian Bach (1734)|
This exuberant text, based on Isaiah 9:2–7, was the ninth of twelve stanzas in its original German hymn. The chorale tune associated with this hymn went through many changes at the hands of later composers, reaching its present form in J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
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