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Hymn score of: Christ, whose first appearance lighted - The appearance of Christ (Carl Johann Philipp Spitta/Richard Massie/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

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Christ, whose first appearance lighted - The appearance of Christ (Carl Johann Philipp Spitta/Richard Massie/
Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

The appearance of Christ.

1. Christ, whose first appearance lighted
  gloomy death's obscure domain,
long, in Herod's courts benighted,
  sought I thee, but sought in vain;
all was glitter, pomp, and pleasure,
  sensuality, and pride,
but my heart found not its treasure,
  and remained unsatisfied.

2. Then to learned scribes and sages,
  seeking Christ, I wandered on,
but upon their barren pages
  Jacob's star had never shone;
true indeed, like men in prison
  groping for the light of day,
spake they of the Light new-risen,
  but themselves saw not one ray.

3. To the temple I was guided
  by the altar-fire and lights,
but, though all else was provided,
  Christ was absent from the rites.
Then more precious time I wasted
  in thy streets, Jerusalem,
but I sought in vain, and hasted
  on my way to Bethlehem.

4. In the streets I wandered slowly,
  looking for some trusty guide;
all was dark and melancholy,
  none I met with far and wide.
On a sudden I perceivèd
  o'er my head a star to shine;
lo, because I had believèd,
  and had sought him, Christ was mine.

5. Only seek, and you will find him,
  never cease to seek the Lord;
and should he delay, remind him
  boldly of his plighted word.
Follow him, and he will lead you;
  trust him in the darkest night;
Jacob's star will still precede you,
  Jacob's star will give you light.

Richard Massie, Lyra Domestica I, 1863, 18-19.
Translated from the German Der du in der Nacht des Todes - Erscheinung Christi
of Carl Johann Philipp Spitta.

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