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How brightly shines the Morning Star


Johann Sebastian Bach

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3 settings from Church Cantata No 1 and 172


How brightly shines the Morning Star,
    With mercy beaming from afar;
when host of heaven rejoices;
    O righteous Branch, O Jesse's Rod!
Thou Son of Man and Son of God!
    We, too, will lift our voices:
         Jesus, Jesus!
   Holy, holy, yet most lowly,
         draw thou near us;
great Emmanuel, come and hear us.

Though circled with the hosts on high
   He deigned to cast a pitying eye
upon his helpless creature;
   the whole creation’s Head and Lord,
by highest seraphim adored,
   assumed our very nature;
         Jesus, grant us,
   through thy merit, to inherit
         thy salvation;
hear, O hear our supplication.

Rejoice, ye heavens; thou earth, reply;
   with praise, ye sinners, fill the sky,
for this his Incarnation.
   Incarnate God, put forth thy power,
ride on, ride on, great Conqueror,
   till all know thy salvation.
         Amen, amen!
   Alleluia, alleluia!
         Praise be given
evermore, by earth and heaven.


How brightly shines the Morning Star - Bach

Created 15-Sep-08 Revised 12-Apr-09

J. S. Bach - Cantata "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern", BWV 1

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