Saturday, 13 June 2020

H.C. Sthen (1544-1610) 'Den mørcke Nat forgangen er'


En Morgensang

DEn mørcke Nat forgangen er,
Oc Dagen rinder op saa vide,
Solen hun skinner ofuer Marck oc Kiær,
De Fule de siunge saa blide:
Gud giffue oss Lycke oc gode Raad,
Sin Naadis Liuss oss tilsende.

2.
Loffuet være Gud i Euighed,
Oss denne Nat haffuer beuaret,
Gud liuse offuer oss sin hellige Fred,
Oc frj oss fra alskens Fare:
Gud giffue oss Lycke oc gode Raad,
Sin Naadis Liuss oss tilsende.

3.
Paa Paaskemorgen den signede dag,
Vor HErre stod op aff døde,
Det vaar oss alle et got Behag,
Hand frelste oss der met aff Nøde:
Gud giffue oss Lycke oc gode Raad,
Sin Naadis Liuss oss tilsende.

4.
I sex dage skabte Gud Himmel oc Iord,
Oc alle Creatur tillige,
Alt ved sit Allmæctige Guddoms Ord,
Som Scrifften monne oss sige:
Gud giffue oss Lycke oc gode Raad,
Sin Naadis Liuss oss tilsende.

5.
Den første Dag skabte hand Liuss oc skjn,
Oc klarhed offuer Verden at komme,
Der Natten oc dagen skulle skinne fijn,
Til Menniskens glæde oc fromme,
Gud giffue oss Lycke oc gode Raad,
Sin Naadis Liuss oss tilsende

6.
Den anden dag skabte hand Himmelen skøn,
Oc Himmelens Firmamente,
O HErre IEsu hør altid vor Bøn,
Lad oss Glæde hoss dig vente,
Gud giffue oss Lycke oc gode Raad,
Sin Naadis Liuss oss tilsende.

7.
Den tredie dag beredde hand Iorden til,
At hun sin Fruct skulde giffue,
Met Træ oc Vrter ieg sige vil,
Hun skulde vor Huserom bliffue:
Gud giffue oss Lycke oc gode Raad,
Sin Naadis Liuss oss tilsende.

8.
Siden oppaa den fierde Dags tid,
Hand Himmelen vel monne pryde,
Met Soel oc Maane oc Stierner met,
Deres skjn wi nu daglige nyde:
Gud giffue oss Lycke oc gode Raad,
Sin Naadis Liuss oss tilsende.

9.
Fule oc Fiske den femte Dag,
Dem skabte Gud aff sin Naade,
At Været oc Vandet skulde fyldis der aff,
Til Menniskens ophold oc Bade:
Gud giffue oss Lycke oc gode Raad,
Sin Naadis Liuss oss tilsende.

10.
Den siette Dag den sidste er,
Guds skabelse Dag wi kalde,
Alle Diur paa Iorden da skabte monne være,
Oc Mennisken sidst effter dem alle:
Gud giffue oss Lycke oc gode Raad,
Sin Naadis Liuss oss tilsende.

11.
Hielp oss O IEsu vor Frelsermand,
I denne dag oc allen stunde,
Forløss oss snart aff Dieffuelsens Baand,
At wi dig ræt tiene kunde:
Gud giffue oss Lycke oc gode Raad,
Sin Naadis Liuss oss tilsende.

12.
At naar denne Dag forgangen er,
Oc Natten vil til oss skride,
Wi kunde dig prjse O HErre kier,
Baade nu oc i allen tide:
Gud giffue oss Lycke oc gode Raad,
Sin Naadis Liuss oss tilsende, Amen.



A Morning Song

Night’s darkness soon is past and gone,
And daylight spreads out so widely,
Sunlight now gleams over field and pond,
The birds are all singing so blithely:
God happiness grant us and ample means,
His mercy’s light may he send  us.

2.
May God be praised for eternity,
Through this night he has safely  brought us,
May his own peace us a beacon be
’Gainst dangers that elsewise had sought us:
God happiness grant us and ample means,
His mercy’s light may he send us.

3.
On Easter morning that much-blessèd day,
Our Lord from the dead is arisen,
To our great comfort in every way,
He freed us thereby from death's prison:
God happiness grant us and ample means,
His mercy’s light may he send us.

4.
In six days did God make Heaven and Earth
And all fellow creatures here dwelling,
All by the power of his mighty word,
As Holy Scripture is telling:
God happiness grant us and ample means,
His mercy’s light may he send us.

5.
Upon the first day he caused light to shine,
And suffuse the whole world with brightness,
Where both night and day would gleam so fine,  
And gladden our hearts with their lightness,
God happiness grant us and ample means,
His mercy’s light may he send us.

6.
Upon the next day he created the sky
And the firmament of high heaven,
Oh Lord, thereto may our prayers soar high
So our hearts Thou always willst leaven,
God happiness grant us and ample means,
His mercy’s light may he send us.

7.
Upon the third day he the earth did prepare,
With trees and plants beyond telling,
So she her bounty with us might share
And we here might make our dwelling:
God happiness grant us and ample means,
His mercy’s light may he send us.

8.
Upon the fourth day for our delight
The heavens he started adorning,
With sun and moon, and with stars so bright,
To gladden our hearts night and morning:
God happiness grant us and ample means,
His mercy’s light may he send us.

9.
Upon the fifth day it was God’s kind will
To add birds and fish to creation,
So that they the sea and the sky might fill
To provide for man’s needs and elation:
God happiness grant us and ample means,
His mercy’s light may he send us.

10.
The sixth day was also the final day,
We call it God’s Day of Creation,
All beasts here on earth now came to stay,
With mankind as God’s consummation:
God happiness grant us and ample means,
His mercy’s light may he send us.

11.
Help us, oh Jesus our Saviour dear,
This day and throughout our lives’ journey,
From snares of the Devil steer us well clear,
So we can fittingly serve Thee:
God happiness grant us and ample means,
His mercy’s light may he send us.

12.
So that when this day shall disappear,
And night from its light us will sever,
We can still praise Thee, Oh Lord most dear,
Both here in this life and for ever:
God happiness grant us and ample means,
His mercy’s light may he send us, Amen.



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