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Flag of England

Above:  Flag of England

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

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How Brightly Appears the Morning Star:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/how-bright-appears-the-morning-star/

God Reveals His Presence:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/god-reveals-his-presence/

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Posted February 7, 2015 by neatnik2009 in Sources M

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God Reveals His Presence   2 comments

St. Clement's, Canton

Above:  St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, Canton, Georgia, September 20, 2009

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original German Words by Gerhardt Tersteegen (1697-1769)

English Translation (1789) by Frederick William Foster (1760-1835) and (1800s) by William Mercer (1811-1873)

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1.  God reveals His presence;

Let us now adore Him,

And with awe appear before Him:

God is in His temple;

All in us keep silence,

And before Him bow with rev’rence:

Him alone God we own;

He’s our Lord and Saviour:

Praise His Name forever.

2.  God reveals His presence,

Whom the angelic legions

Serve with awe in heavenly regions:

Holy, holy, holy,

Sing the hosts of heaven;

Praise to God be ever given:

Condescend, to attend

Graciously, to Jesus,

To our songs and praises.

3.  O majestic Being,

Were but soul and body

Thee to serve at all times ready:

Might we, like the angels

Who behold Thy glory,

With abasement sink before Thee,

And through grace be always,

In our whole demeanor,

To Thy praise and honor.

How Bright Appears the Morning Star   7 comments

Christ Pantocrator

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

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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,

alleluia!

Praise be given

evermore, by earth and heaven.