BREAK FORTH, O BEAUTEOUS HEAVENLY LIGHT
(Words and Music by Johann Rist, 1641;
Translated by John Troutbeck, circa 1885)
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.
(Contributed by Ferda Dolunay - November 2005)