Scripture Verse

The Gentiles shall come to Thy light, and kings to the brightness of Thy rising. Isaiah 60:3

Introduction

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Johann Rist
(1607–1667)

Words: Jo­hann Rist, Himm­lische Lied­er (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1641) (Er­mun­tre dich, mein schwach­er Geist). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by John Trout­beck, cir­ca 1885.

Music: Er­mun­tre Dich Jo­hann Schop, 1641. Har­mo­ny by Jo­hann S. Bach, 1734 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Johann S. Bach
(1685–1750)

Lyrics

Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light,
And usher in the morning;
O shepherds, shrink not with afright,
But hear the angel’s warning.
This Child, now weak in infancy,
Our confidence and joy shall be,
The power of Satan breaking,
Our peace eternal making.