Rise, Thou Light of Gentile Nations

Rise, Thou Light of Gentile nations

Author: H. Fick
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1 Rise, Thou Light of Gentile nations,
Jesus, bright and Morning Star;
Let Thy Word, the gladsome tidings,
Ring out loudly near and far,
Bringing freedom to the captives,
Peace and comfort to the slave,
That the heathen, free from bondage,
May proclaim Thy pow'r to save.

2 See the blindness of the heathen,
Strangers to Thy glorious light,
Straying hopeless till they find Thee,
Wand'ring aimless in the night.
See their pitiful condition;
Lo, gross darkness covers all,
And no ray of hope refreshes
Nor dispels the dreadful pall.

3 If Thou, merciful Redeemer,
Hadst not saved us from this plight,
In like darkness we should languish
Hopeless, helpless, in sin's night.
Lovingly Thou, Lord, didst seek us
In the beauty of Thy grace;
Now with joy we freely serve Thee,
We, Thy blessed, chosen race.

4 Knowing Thee and Thy salvation,
Grateful love dare never cease
To proclaim Thy tender mercies,
Gracious Lord, Thy heav'nly peace.
Sound we forth the Gospel tidings
To the earth's remotest bound
That the sinner has been pardoned
And forgiveness can be found.

5 May our zeal to help the heathen
Be increased from day to day,
As we plead in true compassion
And for their conversion pray.
For the many faithful heralds,
For the Gospel they proclaim,
Let us all be cheerful givers
To the glory of Thy name.

6 Savior, shine in all Thy glory
On the nations near and far;
From the highways and the byways
Call them, O Thou Morning Star.
Guide them whom Thy grace hath chosen
Out of Satan's dreadful thrall
To the mansions of Thy Father--
There is room for sinners all.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #199

Author: H. Fick

Carl Johann Hermann Fick (February 2, 1822–April 30, 1885) was a Lutheran pastor. He wrote the hymn “Gehe auf, du Trost der Heiden” (“Rise, Thou Light of Gentile Nations”). He was pastor at St. Paul's Church in New Melle, Missouri, 1847, Bremen, Missouri, 1850, Detroit, Michigan, 1854, Collinsville, Illinois, 1859, and Boston, Massachusetts, 1872. Rev. Hermann Flick became the first permanent pastor three years later in 1847. Flick was from German Hanover and has studied at Goettingen before immigrating to America in 1846. Although he eventually moved on from him role as Pastor of St. Paul's to join other congregations in other cities, included St. Louis, Detroit and Boston and he later become known in the Lutheran community fo… Go to person page >

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First Line: Rise, Thou Light of Gentile nations
Title: Rise, Thou Light of Gentile Nations
German Title: Gehe auf, du Trost der Heiden
Author: H. Fick
Meter: D
Source: The Lutheran Hymnal, St. Louis, 1941 (tr.)
Language: English
Copyright: Tr. © 1941 Concordia Publishing House



Originally a folk song ("Sollen nun die grünen Jahre") dating from around 1700, O DU LIEBE MEINER LIEBE was used as a hymn tune in the Catholic hymnal Bambergisches Gesangbuch (1732). The tune name is the incipit of the text to which it was set in Johann Thommen's Erbaulicher Musicalischer Christen…

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