Scripture Verse

My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O Lord. Psalm 5:3


Nikolaus Hermann (1500–1561)

Words: Ni­ko­las Her­mann, 1560 (Die hel­le Sonn’ leuch­t’t jetzt her­für). Com­po­site trans­la­tion to Eng­lish.

Music: Die hel­le Sonn’ leucht’t Mel­chi­or Vul­pi­us, 1609 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Vul­pi­us (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


The ra­di­ant sun shines in the skies;
With joy from sleep we now arise.
All praise to God, who thro’ this night
Hath kept us from the dev­il’s might.

Lord Je­sus Christ, guide us this day;
Keep sin and shame far from our way.
Thy guard­ian an­gels to us send
And let them to our wants at­tend.

Direct our hearts to do Thy will,
And for Thy Word true love in­still
That we may do what­e’er is right
And ev­er pleas­ing in Thy sight.

Crown all our la­bors with suc­cess,
Each one in his own call­ing bless.
May all we do or think or say
Exalt and praise Thee, Lord, this day!