Brich an, du schönes Morgenlicht

Brich an, du schönes Morgenlicht. Johann Rist* (1607-1667). This Christmas hymn is in three stanzas in EG. It was first published in Johann Risten himlischer Lieder (‘Das Erste Zehen’, or 1st part, Lüneburg, 1641), where it formed part of a longer hymn of twelve 8-line stanzas, ‘Ermuntre dich mein schwacher Geist’ (‘Courage, my weak spirit’). It was entitled ‘Lob-Gesang. Von der frewdenreichen Geburt und Menschwerdung unsers… Seylandes Jesu Christi’ (‘Song of praise, for the birth, rich in peace, and the incarnation… of our Saviour Jesus Christ’). EG 33 prints stanzas 9, 2 and 12 of the original poem. The whole hymn is a joyful response to the birth of the Christ child. It was the first...

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