This will probably be unfamiliar to many of you. Penned in the mid-1600s by a German composer, it didn’t become “popular” in the U.S. until the late 1800s. Perhaps you remember it from your hymnals in the 1960s and 1970s: “Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light” by Johann von Rist.

Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light,
and usher in the morning.
O shepherds, shudder not with fright,
but hear the angel’s warning:
this child, now weak in infancy,
our confidence and joy shall be,
the power of Satan breaking,
our peace eternal making.

Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light,
to herald our salvation.
He stoops to earth, the God of might,
our hope and expectation.
He comes in human flesh to dwell,
our God with us, Immanuel,
the night of darkness ending,
our fallen race befriending.