Brich an, du schönes Morgenlicht

Brich an, du schönes Morgenlicht. Johann Rist* (1607-1667). This Christmas or Epiphany hymn is in three stanzas in EG. It was first published in Johann Risten himlischer Lieder (‘Das Erste Zehn’, or First 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...

If you have a valid subscription to Dictionary of Hymnology, please log in to view this content. If you require a subscription, please click here.

Cite this article