They that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.@Isaiah 9:2

Caspar F. Nachtenhöfer, circa 1683 (Dies ist die Nacht, da mir erschienen); translated from German to English by Anna B. Hoppe, 1922, alt.

O Dass Ich Tausen Zungen Johann B. König, 1738 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Anna B. Hoppe (1889-1941)

This night a wondrous revelation
Makes known to me God’s love and grace;
The Child that merits adoration
Brings light to our benighted race;
And though a thousand suns did shine,
Still brighter were that Light divine.

The Sun of Grace for thee is beaming;
Rejoice, my soul, in Jesus’ birth!
The light from yonder manger streaming
Sends forth its rays o’er all the earth.
It drives the night of sin away
And turns our darkness into day.

This Light, which all thy gloom can banish,
The bliss of heaven glorifies;
When sun and moon and stars shall vanish,
Its rays shall still illume the skies.
This light through all eternity
Thy heaven and all to thee shall be.

O Jesus, precious Sun of Gladness,
Fill Thou my soul with light, I pray.
Dispel the gloomy night of sadness
And teach Thou me this Christmas Day
How I a child of light may be,
Aglow with light that comes from Thee.