Scripture Verse

I am…the bright and morning star. Revelation 22:16


Words: Au­re­li­us C. Pru­den­ti­us (348–413) (Nox et te­ne­brae et nu­bi­la). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by R. Mar­tin Pope, The Hymns of Pru­den­ti­us, 1905.

Music: Ware­ham Will­iam Knapp, 1738 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

William Knapp (1698–1768)


Ye clouds and darkness, hosts of night,
That breed confusion and affright,
Begone! o’erhead the dawn shines clear,
The light breaks in, and Christ is here.

Earth’s gloom flees broken and dispersed,
By the sun’s piercing shafts coerced:
The day-star’s eyes rain influence bright,
And colors glimmer back to sight.

Thee, Christ, alone we know; to Thee
We bend in pure simplicity;
Our songs with tears to Thee arise;
Prove Thou our hearts with Thy clear eyes.

Though we be stained with blots within,
Thy quickening rays shall purge our sin;
Light of the morning star, Thy grace
Shed on us from Thy cloudless face.

All laud to God the Fa­ther be,
All praise, eter­nal Son, to Thee;
All glo­ry, as is ever meet,
To God the holy Paraclete.