Lux prima (John Stainer)
- Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2007-12-02). Score information: A4, 1 page, 25 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Based on the edition from the Cyber Hymnal™
Title: Lux prima
Composer: John Stainer
First published: Tune: Lux Prima, John Stainer, 1872; Lyrics: Friedrich Rudolf Ludwig Freiherr von Canitz, 1700 (Seele du musst munter werden); translated from German to English by Henry J. Buckoll, 1838.
Original text and translations
Come, my soul, thou must be waking;
Now is breaking over the earth another day;
Come to Him Who made this splendor;
See thou render all thy feeble powers can pay.
Thou, too, hail the light returning
Ready burning be the incense of thy powers;
For the night is safely ended,
God hath tended with His care thy helpless hours.
Pray that He may prosper ever
Each endeavor when thine aim is good and true;
But that He may ever thwart thee,
And convert thee, when thou evil wouldst pursue.
Think that He thy ways beholdeth;
He unfoldeth every fault that lurks within;
He the hidden shame glossed over
Can discover, and discern each deed of sin.
Mayest thou on life’s last morrow,
Free from sorrow, pass away in slumber sweet:
And, released from death’s dark sadness,
Rise in gladness that far brighter Sun to greet.
Only God’s free gifts abuse not,
Light refuse not, but His Spirit’s voice obey;
Thou with Him shalt dwell, beholding
Light enfolding all things in unclouded day.
Lyrics: Friedrich Rudolf Ludwig Freiherr von Canitz, 1700 (Seele du musst munter werden); translated from German to English by Henry J. Buckoll, 1838.