My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O Lord. Psalm 5:3
Words: Johann Franck, in Andachts-Zymbeln, by C. Peter (Freiberg: 1655), page 276 (Dreieinigkeit, der Gottheit wahrer Spiegel). Translated from German to English by Catherine Winkworth, Lyra Germanica, second series, 1858.
True mirror of the Godhead! Perfect Light!
Thou Three in One, whose never slumbering might
Enfolds the world within its sheltering wings,
And holds in being all created things!
We praise Thee with the earliest morning ray;
We praise Thee with the parting beam of day:
All things that live and move, by sea and land,
Forever ready at Thy service stand.
Exhaustless Treasure! Being limitless!
What gaze has ever pieced Thy deep abyss?
Deep Fount of Life! Light inaccessible!
How great Thy power, O God, what tongue can tell?
Thy Christendom is singing night and day,
Glory to Him, the mighty God, for aye,
By Whom, through Whom, in Whom all beings are!
Grant us to echo on this song afar!
Thy name is great, Thy kingdom in us dwell,
Thy will constrain and feed and guide us well:
Spare us, redeem us in the evil hour,
For Thine the glory, Thine the rule, the power.