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Above:  Philipp Nicolai

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Philipp Nicolai (1556-1608) was a German Lutheran minister and hymn writer.


How Bright Appears the Morning Star:

Wake, O Wake!  With Tidings Thrilling:


Posted July 18, 2018 by neatnik2009 in Sources N

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Above:  Icon of the Apocalypse of Saint John

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Original German Text by Philipp Nicolai (1556-1608)

English Translation by Francis Crawford Burkitt (1864-1935)

Hymn Source = The English Hymnal (1906), The Church of England


Wake, O wake!  with tidings thrilling

The watchman all the air are filling,

Arise, Jerusalem, arise!

Midnight strikes!  no more delaying,

“The hour has come!” we hear them saying.

Where are ye all, ye virgins wise?

The Bridegroom comes in sight,

Raise high your torches bright!  Alleluya!

The wedding song

Swells loud and strong:

Go forth and join the festal throng.


Sion hears the watchmen shouting

Her heart leaps up with joy undoubting,

She stands and waits with eager eyes;

see her Friend from heaven descending,

Adorned with truth and grace unending!

Her light burns clear, her star doth rise.

Now come, thou precious Crown,

Lord Jesu, God’s own Son!  Hosanna!

Let us prepare

To follow there,

Where in thy supper we may share.


Every soul in thee rejoices;

From men and from angelic voices

Be glory given to thee alone!

Now the gates of pearl receive us,

Thy presence never more shall leave us,

We stand with Angels round thy throne.

Earth cannot give below

The bliss thou dost bestow.  Alleluia!

Grant us to raise

To length of days,

The triumph-chorus of thy praise.


How Bright Appears the Morning Star   7 comments

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Above:  Christ Pantocrator

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Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982 (1985), The Episcopal Church

Original German Words by Philipp Nicolai (1556-1608), Lutheran pastor

English Words by William Mercer (1811-1873), Anglican priest and editor of The Church Psalter and Hymn Book (1857), a volume dedicated to encouraging congregational singing in Church of England parishes


1.  How bright appears the Morning Star,

with mercy beaming from afar;

the host of heaven rejoices;

O righteous Branch, O Jesse’s Rod!

Thou Son of Man and Son of God!

We, too, will lift our voices:

Jesus, Jesus! Holy, holy,

yet most lowly,

draw thou near us:

great Emmanuel, come and hear us.

2.  Though circled by the hosts on high,

he deigned to cast a pitying eye

upon his helpless creature;

the whole creation’s Head and Lord,

by highest seraphim adored,

assumed our very nature;

Jesus, grant us, through thy merit,

to inherit

thy salvation;

hear, O hear our supplication.

3.  Rejoice, ye heavens; thou earth, reply;

with praise, ye sinners, fill the sky,

for this his Incarnation.

Incarnate God, put forth thy power,

ride on, ride on, great Conqueror,

till all know thy salvation.

Amen, amen!  Alleluia,


Praise be given

evermore, by earth and heaven.