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O Morning Star

Words by Philipp Nicolai, translated by Catherine Winkworth
Tune: WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET DER MORGENSTERN by Philipp Nicolai, ; harmony by Bach
Key signature: D major (2 sharps)
Time signature: 4/4
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1. O Morning Star, how fair and bright Thou beamest forth in truth and light, O Sov’reign meek and lowly! Thou Root of Jesse, David’s Son, my Lord and Master, Thou hast won my heart to serve Thee solely! Thou art holy, fair and glorious, all-victorious, rich in blessing, rule and might o’er all possessing.
2. Thou heav’nly Brightness! Light divine! O deep within my heart now shine, and make Thee there an altar! Fill me with joy and strength to be Thy member, ever joined to Thee in love that cannot falter; t’ward Thee longing doth possess me; turn and bless me; here in sadness eye and heart long for Thy gladness!
3. What joy to know, when life is past, the Lord we love is first and last, the end and the beginning! He will one day, O glorious grace, transport us to that happy place beyond all tears and sinning! Amen! Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! Crown of gladness, we are yearning for the day of Your returning.