Arise and Shine in Splendor

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1 Arise and shine in splendor,
Let night to day surrender;
Your light is drawing near.
Above, the day is beaming,
In matchless beauty gleaming;
The glory of the Lord is here.

2 See earth in darkness lying,
The heathen nations dying
In hopeless gloom and night.
To you the Lord of heaven,
Your light, your hope, has given
Great glory, honor, and delight.

3 The world's remotest races,
Upon whose weary faces
The sun looks from the sky,
Shall run with zeal untiring,
With joy your light desiring
That breaks upon them from on high.

4 Lift up your eyes in wonder;
See, nations gather yonder,
They all come to be free.
The world has heard your story,
Your sons come to your glory,
And daughters haste your light to see.

5 Your heart will leap rejoicing
When multitude come voicing
Desire to share your peace.
Your eyes will fill with wonder
When people without number
Come thronging to you for God's grae.

Source: Lutheran Worship #85

Translator (sts. 1-5): Gerhard Gieschen

Born: June 28, 1899, Helenville, Wisconsin. Died: June 22, 1987, Sun City, Arizona. Gieschen served as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Leigh, Nebraska, and was an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Central Seminary in Fremont, Nebraska. Go to person page >

Translator (st. 6): H. Bartels

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Author: Martin Opitz

Opitz, Martin, son of Sebastian Opitz, butcher at Bunzlau in Silesia, was born at Bunzlau, Dec. 23, 1597. He entered the University of Frankfurt a. Oder in 1618, and in 1619 went to Heidelberg, where he acted as a private tutor, and studied literature and philosophy at the University, paying also short visits to Strassburg and Tübingen. When the University was threatened by the Spanish troops (they sacked the town under Tilly in Sept. 1622), Opitz left Heidelberg in Oct. 1620, and with his friend, H. A. Hamilton (a member of a Danish noble family, travelled through Holland, Friesland and Jutland. In the spring of 1621 he returned to Silesia through Lübeck, and at Easter, 1622, became Professor of Philosophy and Poetry in the Gymnasium, fo… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Arise and shine in splendor
Title: Arise and Shine in Splendor
German Title: Brich auf und werde lichte
Translator (sts. 1-5): Gerhard Gieschen
Translator (st. 6): H. Bartels
Author: Martin Opitz
Language: English
Copyright: Stanza 6 © Harry Bartels, used by permission.; © 1941, Concordia Publishing House (Sts. 1-5)



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