Scripture Verse

The dayspring from on high hath visited us. Luke 1:78


Words: Chris­tian von Ro­se­nroth, 1664 (Mor­gen­glanz der Ewig­keit). Com­po­site trans­la­tion from Se­lect Hymns for Church and Home, by Ro­bert Brown-Borth­wick, 1871.

Music: Day­spring (Frey­ling­haus­en) Jo­hann A. Frey­ling­haus­en, 1704 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of von Ro­sen­roth (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Johann A. Freylinghausen


Dayspring of eternity!
Brightness of the Light divine,
As the daylight fills the sky,
Let Thy beams upon us shine,
Scattering with their glorious might
All our night.

As on drooping herb and flower
Lies the soft refreshing dew,
Let Thy Spirit’s refreshing power
Dry and fainting hearts renew;
Showers of blessing over all
Softly fall.

Let Thy fire of love destroy
All our earthly taint and leaven;
Wake our souls to love and joy,
Kindling like the eastern heaven;
Let us truly rise ere yet
Life hath set.

Dayspring of eternal skies,
Grant that on Thine advent-morn,
From the dust our flesh may rise
To a nobler being born,
Strong in Heaven its course to run
As the sun.

Sorrowing here we seek Thy face;
Guide us with Thy cheering ray:
Lead us, glorious Sun of grace,
To the land of endless day,
Where the joy that bids us rise
Never dies.