"This Night a Wondrous Revelation"
            by Caspar F. Nachtenhoefer, 1624-1685
             Translated by Anna Hoppe, 1889-1941
                                 Text From:
                      THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
        (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

        1. 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;
        Rejoice, my soul, in Jesus' birth!
        The light from yonder manger streaming
        Sends forth its rays o'er all the earth.
        It drives the night of sin away
        And turns our darkness into day.

        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. 0 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.

Notes: Hymn #88 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Luke 1:78-79 Author: Caspar F. Nachtenhoefer, c. 1683, alt. Translated by: Anna Hoppe, 1922 Titled: "Dies ist die Nacht, da mir erschienen" Composer: Johann B. Koenig, 1738 Tune: "O dass ich tausend"
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