10698. All Hail, Thou Night, Than Day More Bright

1 All hail, thou night, than day more bright,
Through whose mysterious shade,
In wondrous birth, arose on earth,
From bosom of pure maid,
The Sun new-born, a Star of morn,
Filling all the world with light!

2 He who alone, from Heaven’s high throne,
Rules all, and doth restore
To God’s embrace man’s fallen race,
Lies on a cottage floor,
Like Him that we, save poverty,
Have naught to call our own.

3 While o’er their sheep close watch they keep,
Those shepherds first receive
The heav’nly call, that doth to all
Great joy and gladness give—
The call from Heav’n to watchmen giv’n
That wake and never sleep.

Text Information
First Line: All hail, thou night, than day more bright
Title: All Hail, Thou Night, Than Day More Bright
Author: Marc Antoine Muretus
Translator: William J. Blew
Meter: 86.86.86
Language: English
Source: Amiens Breviary; Tr.: Church Hymns and Tune Book (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1852), alt.
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Charles Henry Steggall (1890)
Meter: 86.86.86
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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