Scripture Verse

The Gentiles shall come to Thy light, and kings to the brightness of Thy rising. Isaiah 60:3


Johann Rist (1607–1667)

Words: Jo­hann Rist, Himm­lische Lied­er (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1641) (Er­mun­tre dich, mein schwach­er Geist). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by John Trout­beck, cir­ca 1885.

Music: Er­mun­tre dich Jo­hann Schop, 1641. Har­mo­ny by Jo­hann S. Bach, 1734 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Johann S. Bach (1685–1750)


Break forth, O beau­te­ous hea­ven­ly light,
And usher in the morn­ing;
O shep­herds, shrink not with afright,
But hear the an­gel’s warn­ing.
This Child, now weak in in­fan­cy,
Our con­fi­dence and joy shall be,
The pow­er of Sa­tan break­ing,
Our peace eter­nal mak­ing.