Scripture Verse

I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star. Revelation 22:16


Philipp Nicolai

Words: Phi­lipp Ni­co­lai, 1597 (Wie schön leuch­tet der Mor­gen­stern). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Will­iam Mer­cer (1811–1873).

Music: Wie schön leuch­tet Phi­lipp Ni­co­lai, 1599 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


How bright appears the morning star,
With mercy beaming from afar!
The host of Heav’n 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! stoop and hear us!

Rejoice, ye heav’ns, 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.