Caspar F. Nachtenhoefer, c. 1683, tr. by Anna Hoppe, 1922; German text
This night a wondous revelation|
Makes known to me God's love and grace;
The Child that merits adoration
Brings light to our benighted race;
And though a thousand suns did shine,
Still brighter were that Light divine.
2. The Sun of Grace for thee is beaming;
3. This light, which all thy gloom can banish,|
The bliss of heaven glorifies;
When sun and moon and stars shall vanish,
Its rays shall still illume the skies.
This light through all eternity
Thy heaven and all to thee shall be.
4. Meanwhile, with faith and love's clear shining,
5. O Jesus, precious Sun of Gladness,|
Fill Thou-my soul with light, I pray.
Dispel the gloomy night of sadness
And teach Thou me this Christmas Day
How I a child of light may be,
Aglow with light that comes from Thee.
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