1 Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light,
and usher in the morning;
you shepherds, shrink not with affright,
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.
[ 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 honor, 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|
|Author (st. 1):||Johann Rist (1641)|
|Translator (stanza 1):||John Troutbeck|
|Author (st. 2-3):||Fred Pratt Green (1986)|
|Scripture:||Philippians 2:7; Philippians 2:6-7; John 15:12; Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 58:8; Luke 2:8-14|
|Topic:||Jesus Christ: Self-humiliation|
|Copyright:||St. 2, 3 © 1989 Hope Publishing Company|
|Composer:||Johann Schop (1641)|
|Harmonizer:||J. S. Bach (1734)|