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January 04, 2006

492R Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light

Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light, Johann Rist, 1641, Trans. John Troutbeck (verse 1); verse 2 appears in Voices United (United Church of Canada hymnal), Trans. Trozer Rusell, ca. 1851; ERMUNTRE DICH (Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light),, Johann Schop, 1641, as harmonized by J.S. Bach in the Christmas Oratorio, 1734.


1. Break forth, O beau-teous heav'n-ly light,
And ush-er in the morn-ing;
Ye shep-herds, shrink not with af-fright,
But hear the an-gel's warn-ing.
This child, now weak in in-fan-cy,
Our con-fi-dence and joy shall be,
All self-ish thoughts e'er break-ing,
Our peace e-ter-nal mak-ing.

2. All bless-ing, thanks, and praise to thee,
O light of heav'n, be giv-en:
Thou hast our true friend deigned to be
Our fears in sun-der riv-en.
O grant us through our day of grace
With con-stant praise to seek thy face;
Grant us ere long in glo-ry
With prais-es to a-dore thee.

German Original:

Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht,
Und laß den Himmel tagen!
Du Hirtenvolk, erschrecke nicht
Weil dir die Engel sagen,
Daß dieses schwache Knäbelein
Soll unser Trost und Freude sein.
Dazu den Satin zwingen
Und letzlich Frieden bringen.

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Posted by rehurst at January 4, 2006 11:49 PM

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