Matthew Cooke
(1761 - 1829)

The dayspring from on high
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A hymn for Christmas from "Twelve psalm tunes.... for the use of the church at North Mimms", c.1790. Cooke was organist there, and later at St George, Bloomsbury.
Lyrics: Ann Murry

The dayspring from on high with lustre bright
Now cheers the world with his effulgent light;
The saving health and hope of human kind,
Sweet balm of comfort to the troubled mind.
The heavy laden hence obtain due rest,
The meek are comforted, the mourner blessed.

The thirsty soul finds mild refreshing streams,
And e'en the blind enlightened by his beams;
The deaf attend, with love and wonder gaze,
The dumb break forth to sing his mighty praise;
At his approach pale miseries decrease,
The bond of happiness and source of peace.

All hail! Redeemer hail! Almighty king,
To whom the mountains dance, the valleys sing;
Thou great Messiah, we are nought but dust,
Though heirs with Thee in kingdoms of the just:
Celestial power, of righteousness the son,
On earth as 'tis in heaven, "Thy will be done".