How Brightly Beams the Morning Star

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1 How brightly beams the morning star!
What sudden radiance from afar
Doth cheer us with its shining?
Brightness of God that breaks our night
And fills the darkened souls with light,
Who long for truth were pining!
Newly, truly, God's Word feeds us,
Rightly leads us,
Life bestowing.
Praise, O praise such love o'erflowing!

2 Through thee alone can we be blest;
Then deep be on our hearts imprest
The love that thou hast borne us;
So make us ready to fulfill
With ardent zeal thy holy will,
Though men may vex or scorn us;
Hold us, fold us, lest we fail thee,
Lo, we hail thee,
Long to know thee!
All we are and have we owe thee.

3 All praise to him who come to save,
Who conquered death and scorned the grave;
Each day new praise resoundeth
To him, the Life who once was slain,
The friend whom none shall trust in vain,
Whose grace for aye aboundeth;
Sing then, ring then, tell the story
Of his glory,
Till his praises
Flood with light earth's darkest mazes!

Source: Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #404

Author: Philipp Nicolai, 1556-1608

Nicolai, Philipp, D.D., son of Dieterich Nicolai, sometime Lutheran pastor at Herdecke, in Westphalia, and after 1552, at Mengeringhausen in Waldeck, was born at Mengeringhausen, August 10, 1556. (The father was son of Nicolaus Rafflenbol, of Rafflenbol, near Hagen, in Westphalia, and in later life had adopted the Latinised form Nicolai of his father's Christian name as his own surname.) In 1575 Nicolai entered the University of Erfurt, and in 1576 he went to Wittenberg. After completing his University course in 1579 (D.D. at Wittenberg July 4, 1594), he lived for some time at Volkliardinghausen, near Mengeringhausen, and frequently preached for his father. In August, 1583, he was appointed Lutheran preacher at Herdecke, but found many diff… Go to person page >

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First Line: How brightly beams the morning star! (Service Book and Hymnal)
Title: How Brightly Beams the Morning Star
Author: Philipp Nicolai, 1556-1608
Meter: Irregular
Source: Tr. Service Book and Hymnal, 1955
Language: English
Copyright: © 1958 Service Book and Hymnal Reprinted by permission of Augsburg Fortress



Adapting a tune written for Psalm 100 found in Wolff Köphel's Psalter (1538), Nicolai composed WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET, which was published with the text in 1599. Although the tune was originally more varied rhythmically, the hymnal version here is isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) and set to the rich ha…

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