This Night a Wondrous Revelation   2 comments

Annunciation to the Shepherds

Above:  Annunciation to the Shepherds

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Original German Words (1683) by Caspar Friedrich Nachtenhofer  (1624-1685)

English Translation (1922) by Anna Bernadine Dorothy Hoppe (1889-1941)

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America


1.  This night a wondrous revelation

Makes known to me God’s love and grace;

The Child that merits adoration

Brings light to our benighted race;

And though a thousand suns did shine,

Still brighter were that Light divine.

2.  The Sun of Grace for thee is beaming;

Rejoice, my soul, in Jesus’ birth!

The light from yonder manger streaming

Sends forth its rays o’er all the earth.

It drives the night of sin away

And turns our darkness into day.

3.  This night, which all thy gloom can banish,

The bliss of heaven glorifies;

When sun and moon and stars shall vanish,

Its rays shall still illume the skies.

This light thro’ all eternity

Thy heav’n and all to thee shall be.

4.  O Jesus, precious Sun of gladness,

Fill Thou my soul with light, I pray.

Dispel the gloomy night of sadness

And teach Thou me this Christmas Day

How I a child of light may be,

Aglow with light that comes from Thee.

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